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Phoenix mom Shanesha Taylor trial date set for March 31

PHOENIX — A trial date has been set for next month for a Phoenix woman charged with abuse after leaving
her small children in a hot car.

Shanesha Taylor’s trial was scheduled to start March 31 and a pretrial conference was scheduled March 24.

Taylor was arrested nearly a year ago for leaving two of her children in a hot car while she went to a job interview in Scottsdale.

She told authorities she had to bring the children because she couldn’t make other arrangements for a sitter.

Sympathizers gave more than $114,000 in online donations to Taylor, after her tearful mug shot and story went viral. But she failed to meet a pair of deadlines to put those donations in a trust fund for her two sons.

Shanesha Taylor mug shot

Maricopa County prosecutors had suspended the charges, dependent on the establishment of the trust fund.
Felony child abuse charges were reinstated.