PHOENIX — A New Jersey woman is coming to the aid of a Valley mom who is in trouble with the law.
Amanda Bishop is trying to help 35-year-old Shanesha Shaine Taylor, who is facing two counts of child abuse after police found her two children unattended inside a car. It was parked outside of a Scottsdale office where Taylor was interviewing for a job.
When Bishop heard the story, she checked out Taylor on Facebook.
“Her Facebook was full of pictures of her children, and posts about her children,” said Bishop. “She was constantly praising how much she loved being a mother. That confirmed to me that she wasn’t a bad mother, she just made a terrible mistake in a dire situation.”
So she decided to set up a website that, so far, has raised over $91,000 for Taylor, who claims she’s homeless.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery isn’t so sure about that. Taylor’s arraignment is scheduled Monday morning.
“In a Form 4 there is an address for her, and there is an indication on that form that she was not homeless,” Montgomery said during a news conference last week. A Form 4 is filled out by the arresting officer and turned in to prosecutors.
Bishop reacted to Montgomery’s comments during an appearance on KTAR’s Arizona’s Morning News Weekend show on Saturday.
“It’s ridiculous that people are trying to turn this into a politically correct thing for Shanesha that she had an address,” said Bishop. “I don’t know whether she was living on a park bench, or if she was between homes, or if she was staying with family or what have you. Regardless, she did not have her own home. She had children. She had herself. She was staying somewhere that was not her own home. She is, by all means, homeless.”
Bishop said that she can relate to Taylor’s situation. “I am staying with a friend myself in North Jersey until I try to figure out my living situation. I would consider myself homeless.”
On the website, Bishop is calling her efforts to raise money for Taylor “an experience that I will truly cherish for the rest of my life.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
- Locals helping locals: 6 success stories you need to know about
- Sunscreen facts that could save your life
- 6 energy saving hacks for your home
- 5 tips for choosing a company to end your timeshare
- Water tips to save money, help save the Earth
- 5 of the most adored gentlemen in professional sports today
- The real danger of sitting at your desk
- Most surprising NBA playoff performances of the last 40 years
- 11 classic baseball movies you must see again
- Finally getting rid of fat: 3 methods that actually work
- 4 reasons cancer survivors should focus on food
- 5 spring cleaning spots everyone forgets
- 5 reasons to look forward to watching the D-backs this season
- Common virus attributed to spike in head and neck cancers
- 5 signs it’s time to end your timeshare ownership
- 3 most overlooked ways to keep your home healthy
- 6 ways the air in your home could be making you sick
- CrossFit dangers: 5 common injuries and how to deal with them
- Today's radiation treatments offer better success, fewer side effects
- Tips to make watching TV on the patio even better
- What really happens when you donate to a community college?
- Sun and skin cancer: Separating fact from fiction
- 5 critical lifestyle changes for a healthy colon
- What you need to know about Alzheimer's disease in Arizona
- Spring clean your windows like a pro with these 8 tips
- 7 films that should have won best-picture Oscars
- New plumbing technology saves money and improves your home
- Survey shows Arizona CFOs optimistic about 2016
- How chronic pain can affect your love life
- 5 potential warning signs about your child's development