By now, most people know about Shanesha Taylor, the Arizona mom who was arrested for leaving her kids in her hot car alone while she was in a job interview. However, the world is just learning that she may have spent part of her received donations on her children’s father’s rap album.
When Taylor was first arrested, the Internet erupted in debate over whether or not she deserved to be prosecuted for making the difficult decision to leave her children in her car by themselves while she was in a job interview. Many supported Taylor through all of her legal issues, including the loss of custody of her children, and money was collected through online crowdsourcing campaigns to help the struggling mom. All in all, Taylor received more than $114,000 in donations from people all over the world who sympathized with her, and part of her deal with prosecutors was that she had to put a portion of the money in a trust fund for her children.
When it came time to put the money in a trust fund, however, she failed to do so, and prosecutors once again pressed charges against her.
Now, a civil rights leader who supported the struggling mom has recanted his support, alleging that Taylor spent $6,000 on funding a rap album for the father of her children.
“We're trying to separate Shanesha Taylor from her mistakes, and that has proved to be perhaps an insurmountable obstacle,” said Reverend Jarrett Maupin. “We had someone call my office and alert her attorney to the fact that she spent $6,000 at a music studio in Tempe to finish her baby daddy's rap album. That's not what people gave her that money for.”
Taylor has responded to the allegations against her, noting that Maupin is not part of her team and that his claims are baseless.
“I haven't spoken to [Maupin] since July 21st,” said Taylor. “He has not been part of my defense team. Anything he says is libel or slander.”
In another blow for Taylor, prosecutors published a copy of the woman’s monthly budget to show that she has monthly expenses nearing $4,000, and in the fallout, a group that donated a large chunk of money to her is looking to get it back.
“That sounds like a normal family budget, but not for someone who doesn’t work,” said Kathryn McKinney, a member of the group in question. “I know our money has been spent on a whole lot more than basic living needs, which is upsetting to us.”
Taylor is set to reappear in court on December 3.