Phoenix, AZ (KPHO) — Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery says he’ll dismiss child abuse charges against an Arizona mother accused of leaving her children in a hot car while she interviewed for a job.
That’s if she completes parenting and substance abuse treatment programs and establishes education and child care trust fund accounts for her children.
Shanesha Taylor, 35, agreed to the term details in the state’s motion for suspension of prosecution.
Montgomery said documentation of the trust accounts must be submitted to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office for review to ensure the conditions are met and that the accounts are appropriately funded. If Taylor fails to comply with the terms of the agreement, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office will proceed with prosecution of the charges filed against her.
Taylor, whose case has garnered national attention on social media, was granted the supervised visits with her 2-year-old and 6-month-old sons by a Maricopa County Superior Court commissioner while she was awaiting a Sept. 4 trial on two felony charges of child abuse.
Taylor previously pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Scottsdale police arrested Taylor after a witness heard a child crying inside a Dodge Durango parked in an office complex parking lot at 9700 N. 91st St. in Scottsdale about 12:30 p.m. on March 20.
The witness said the SUV was parked directly in the sun with the engine off, the doors closed and four windows slightly open.
Taylor returned to the vehicle about 45 minutes later and told the officer she had just finished a job interview and did not have anyone to watch her children.
“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,” said Scottsdale police Sgt. Mark Clark.
Montgomery said the investigation revealed Taylor was working, had a home address and was not homeless as initially believed.
“We’ve learned since that she actually had part-time employment, so she wasn’t unemployed, and she actually had a residence listed, so she wasn’t really homeless,” Montgomery said. “Nonetheless, those two children were still in jeopardy under the circumstances.”
Through the online fundraising site, YouCaring.com, more than $114,000 has been raised for the Valley mom.
The organizer of the fundraiser, Amanda Bishop, has been giving updates on her Facebook page, listed on the YouCaring.com page. She posted this message, reportedly from Taylor:
“Thank you to all who love and support me. I am home and safe. I was released early monday morning by the grace of god. And the charity of a wonderful church community here in Chandler, AZ. I appreciate everyone who felt move enough to help a complete stranger. I LOVE you all. As to the comments that this fund is fraudulent, please understand there are a lot of people looking to profit from my misfortune. This fund is absolutely real and my first disbursement is pending in my account. Again thank you all for you support. My family and I greatly appreciate it. “