Mom Who Left Kids In Hot Car Refuses To Set Up $60,000 Trust Fund, Has Charges Reinstated

| by Lisa Fogarty

A Phoenix mother who was spared from jail after she reportedly left her two kids in a hot car so she could go on a job interview has had her charges reinstated because she failed to meet a judge’s demands.

As part of their bargain, Shanesha Taylor agreed to set up a $60,000 trust fund for her children’s education and childcare. But she showed up at a settlement conference with news that startled the judge: she had failed to meet the court’s deadline for providing the trust and admitted that she was afraid she might need some of that money for herself because she had yet to find a job, reports

The money in question includes more than $114,000 Taylor raised from anonymous supporters who felt empathy for her after hearing about her situation. 

When the judge asked Taylor to provide bank statements so there would be no question as to whether the woman spent that money on herself, she reportedly said the funds were in her mother’s bank account and she didn’t want to invade her privacy. She then asked the judge to accept a $35,000 trust fund instead and offered to supply an ATM receipt to prove she had it.

“We live pretty slim right now,” Taylor said of her situation. “Right now we are surviving off of the funds that were donated by the public, but a good portion of those are getting ready to be turned over to the state so the remaining amount is not going to sustain us for very long, which is why I’ve been looking for work.”

The 35-year-old had all charges dropped against her in March after a witness said he saw her leave her two children – ages 2 years old and 6 months old -- in her car so she could interview for a job, reports Opposing Views. At the time, the mom said she was unable to find a babysitter and that she figured it was better to keep the interview. The witness said the children were sweating and crying in the hot vehicle.

In addition to setting up a trust fund, Taylor was ordered to take parenting classes. She reportedly lost custody of her sons and regained custody rights in August.

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office released the following statement Monday: “Due to the defendant’s failure to comply with the terms of the deferred prosecution agreement, the State has moved to reinstate prosecution.”

Sources:, Opposing Views

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