$60,000 (And Counting) Raised for Arizona Mother Who Left Kids in Car [UPDATE]

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  • Shanesha Taylor , the Arizona mother who left her kids in a car has generated support that she probably never expected. Taylor was arrested and is facing child abuse claims after police say she left her 2-year-old son and a 6-month-old son inside a hot car while she went to a job interview. Another young woman, sympathized with Taylor’s plight and started an online fund to help her.

    24-year-old Amanda Bishop, a college student, warmed to Taylor’s story. She said she could relate to her struggle. Other people obviously could too, because donations have poured in – to the tune of over 60,000  to help Taylor since the online fund was announced.

    Right now, Taylor is in an Arizona jail until March 31, and some of the donation will go to help with legal fees.

    WFSB reports the original story : Scottsdale police say a witness heard a child crying inside a SUV that was parked outside an office complex near 90th Street and Via Linda on Thursday. Two children, a toddler and a baby, were inside the vehicle, which had the engine off, the doors closed and each of the four windows only slightly opened. The car was reportedly parked in the direct sunlight and the witness didn’t see an adult around. Walking to her car, Taylor was met by police and explained to them that she was homeless, unemployed and couldn’t get a babysitter.

    She was arrested and booked into jail for child abuse and her children are now in CPS custody.

    Bond is set at $9,000.

    “There are some of us that feel that Shanesha was in an unfortunate situation that sadly an economy like ours is putting many single mothers in a position to make terrible mistakes like this,” Bishop told Madamenoire.com. “This fundraiser was set up in an effort to help Shanesha and her situation.”

    If you are interested in donating to Taylor, click here. 

    Does Taylor’s desperate act deserve this kind of support or is she rightly in jail for her poor decision? 

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