$88K Donated To AZ Mom Arrested For Leaving Kids In Car During Job Interview
A Phoenix woman who was arrested for felony child abuse after leaving her children in the car during a job interview now has more than $88,000 in donations pouring in from around the country.
Shanesha Taylor, 35, was arrested on March 21 when she left her 6-month-old and 2-year-old alone in her Dodge Durango for 45 minutes during a job interview in Scottsdale.
She was charged with two felony counts of child abuse and faces a minimum of two years for each count.
Taylor told police she is unemployed, occasionally homeless and was without childcare that day.
A tearful mugshot struck a chord throughout the country.
Amanda Bishop, a New Jersey single mother who has also experienced homelessness, sympathized with her situation and set up a YouCaring donation page, hoping to raise $9,000 to pay for Taylor’s bond.
With more than 3,000 supporters, she has raised more than $88,800 as of Saturday.
"I was hoping we would get to $9,000, but once it reached $9,000, I've been in non-stop shock since then," Bishop said. "More than anything, I have an outpouring of people who can relate. People who are saying you know what, I've been there and I am lucky my children weren't taken away from me. Obviously, this woman cares for her children and she was really trying to do good for them, trying to better her situation."
Taylor was released March 31 on $9,000 bond.
The crowdfunding page is gaining more than $6,000 per day.
"She's doing [in] a day what most people do in a whole campaign," Richard Swart, a crowd-funding consultant and director of the Program for Innovation in Entrepreneurial and Social Finance at the University of California-Berkeley, told AZCentral. "This is an exceptionally rare event. This demonstrates that it's really resonating with people emotionally."
Taylor’s children are currently in the state’s custody.
She responded to the outpouring of support.
"Thank you to all who love and support me,” wrote Taylor. “I am home and safe. I was released early this morning by the grace of God. And the charity of a wonderful church community here in Chandler, AZ. I appreciate everyone who felt [moved] enough to help a complete stranger. I LOVE you all."