SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (PIX11) — Donations are pouring in for a homeless single mother that was arrested after she left her kids in her car while she went to a job interview.
Shanesha Taylor, 45, left her two children, a two-year-old and a six-month-old, in her Dodge Durango as she went to a job interview in Scottsdale, Ariz. March 20, WSFB reports.
A passerby heard one of the children crying in the car, that was parked in the sun with the engine off, and called police.
Taylor was arrested when she returned to the car 45 minutes later and told police she didn’t have anyone to watch the kids.
“She was upset. This is a sad situation all around. She said she was homeless. She needed the job. Obviously, not getting the job. So it’s just a sad situation,” Police Sgt. Mark Clark said.
Taylor was jailed on child abuse charges and her children were put into protective custody.
After her arrest, a fundraiser started to raise money for her bond and court costs has garnered close to $80,000.
“Thank you to ll who love and support me. I am home and safe,” Taylor wrote on the fundraiser’s update page March 31 after she was released. “I appreciate everyone who felt move [sic] enough to help a complete stranger.”
Amanda Bishop, who organized the fundraiser, told KMGh, “There are a lot of us who feel she was just a victim to what an economy like this putting struggling families through.”
A Change.org petition has also been started to get the charges against Taylor dropped.