Arizona Mother Who Left Kids in Car Gets Public Defender; Some Accuse her of Wasting Donations

Shanesha Taylor on the Today show   NBC NEWS
Shanesha Taylor on the Today show
NBC NEWS

A judge granted Shanesha Taylor lawyers’ motions to withdraw from the case after varying disputes.Shanesha Taylor, the Arizona mom battling charges for allegedly leaving her children in a hot car while she was interviewing for a job, will now be represented by a public defender, AZFamily reports.

According to the news site, Taylor’s other two attorneys were allowed to withdraw from the case after both lawyers said that there had been a breakdown in communication and trust between them and the defendant, AZFamily notes.

Benjamin Taylor, who is not related to the defendant, said that he had an ethical conflict with the Phoenix mom; and John Agra, who had been representing Shanesha Taylor for only a few days, said that he had not not paid.

Taylor is still facing felony child abuse charges after failing to meet the deadlines that prosecutors gave her to put money into a trust fund for her children, the news site notes. Taylor had two separate deadlines for putting money into the fund and avoiding charges, but she missed both. According to the news site, she said she didn’t put the money in because her children would not have been able to access the money if they did not attend college.

Reports tell a more unflattering story about Taylor and her attitude since her March arrest for leaving her two young sons in the car. According to KTAR, a minister who was helping out Taylor said that the mom was wasting opportunities presented to her, “squander[ing] … goodwill.”

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Source: The Root | 

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