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Phoenix mom pleads not guilty to abuse for leaving kids in hot car

PHOENIX — A Phoenix woman who left her two young children in her vehicle during a job interview has pleaded not guilty Monday at her arraignment.

Shanesha Taylor’s case has attracted attention with her tearful police mugshot
and people rallying to her defense online to raise money for the 35-year-old. She faced two counts of child abuse.

Court documents said Scottsdale firefighters found hot air coming into the car
and both children sweating profusely.

The baby was described as wearing a short-sleeve shirt over a long-sleeve
shirt, as well as a blanket. The documents said Taylor returned to the car
more than an hour after her interview time.

County Attorney Bill Montgomery said it’s too soon to determine if Taylor will
receive a prison term or face losing custody of her children.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s
earlier story is below.

Like any busy mother, Shanesha Taylor was trying to do it all.

The 35-year-old Phoenix woman, who relies on food stamps, left her two children
in her car last month during a job interview in Scottsdale.

That decision has led to Taylor being scheduled for arraignment Monday morning
on two charges of child abuse.

But Taylor’s booking mugshot, where tears are streaming down both her cheeks,
has also won her supporters and donations.

A New Jersey woman set up a fundraising website for Taylor which has now
collected nearly $90,000.

According to court documents, a witness on March 20 reported to police that
Taylor’s 2-year-old son and 6-month-old baby were unattended in the car.

Scottsdale firefighters said they found both children sweating profusely and hot
air coming into the vehicle.


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