Arizona prosecutors will drop child abuse charges against Shanesha Taylor, the Arizona mom who left her two young children in the car while she attended a job interview.
Taylor was charged with two counts of felony child abuse after police discovered her six-month-old and two-year-old along in her parked vehicle. Temperatures that day registered more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
At the time, Taylor was homeless and desperate for a way to care for her children. As her case garnered national attention, donations poured in to help the mother and her children with housing and legal defense through a YouCaring account set up in the mother’s name.
County Attorney Bill Montgomery said charges will be dismissed once Taylor completes parenting and substance abuse treatment programs, according to the agreement. “We believe this agreement represents a just resolution that appropriately holds the defendant accountable for her actions while also recognizing the best interests of her family,” Montgomery said.
The nearly $115,000 in donations will be used to set up trust funds for the children and arrange child care. Some of the money was also used to secure housing, her attorney said. Taylor is still seeking employment.