A mother who temporarily lost custody of her children after she left them in her car while interviewing for a job, broke her agreement with prosecutors to place money in trust funds for her children, raising the possibility that she again could face child-abuse charges.
Prosecutors had previously agreed to drop the child-abuse charges Shanesha Taylor faced if she met a series of conditions that included taking parenting and substance-abuse classes and establishing a trust fund for each of her children.
But on Monday, Superior Court Judge Joseph Welty spent more than 30 minutes in his chambers with Taylor’s attorney and prosecutors before entering the courtroom and declaring that Taylor was in breach of her agreement with prosecutors because she has not placed money in the trusts.
Prosecutors said Monday morning they were not prepared to file charges against Taylor.
Another hearing was scheduled to discuss the next steps in the case.
After her arrest in March, a fundraising Web page set up on Taylor’s behalf at youcaring.com raised more than $114,775 from more than 4,000 donors.
Welty reminded Taylor on her last court date that she had two weeks to transfer $60,000 into trust accounts for her children. Taylor and her attorney, Benjamin Taylor, assured the judge that the money would be transferred by Monday’s deadline.
Police said Taylor, 35, left her 6-month-old and 2-year-old sons in the car with the windows cracked and the fan blowing for 45 minutes while she interviewed with a Scottsdale, Ariz., insurance company in March. She told police that she was without child care that day and had been occasionally homeless. The children were uninjured.
Since her arrest, Taylor said she has been unsuccessful in obtaining a job to support her and the children, who were placed in her custody in August.
Taylor said the media coverage is in part to blame for her fruitless search and that at multiple job interviews in the service industry she has had to explain the incident that occurred in March.
Taylor’s attorney has said that she has been doing everything right since the incident and that she should be considered for employment.
SOURCE: The Arizona Republic – Jennifer Soules and Jesse A. Millard