SCOTTSDALE, AZ - A woman facing charges of child abuse after she allegedly left her two young children in a car while she went for a job interview was released from jail Monday.
According to a Scottsdale police report, someone heard a child crying inside a Dodge Durango parked in an office complex parking lot near Via Linda and 91st Street last month.
Police say the engine was turned off, the doors were closed and each of the four windows was opened only slightly.
Police say the vehicle was parked in direct sunlight and the children, 2 years old and 6 months old, were alone.
The bystander called police and officers and firefighters responded.
Police say 35-year-old Shanesha Taylor returned to the vehicle about 45 minutes after the passerby found the unattended boys.
Taylor told officers she had just finished a job interview and did not have anyone to take care of her children, according to the police report.
She was arrested and booked into jail for child abuse. Officials said she was released on bail Monday.
News of her arrest inspired Amanda Bishop to start an online fundraising page to help Shanesha Taylor.
"There are a lot of us who feel she was just a victim to what an economy like this is putting struggling families through," said Bishop. The Valley woman, who had never met Taylor, is out of a job and was raised by a single mother who struggled like Taylor.
The goal of the fundraising page, which can be found here , was to raise the $9,000 bail for Taylor but is quickly creeping up on the $100,000 mark.
In response to the outpouring of support, Taylor tells ABC15, “I absolutely would like to thank those in the community and around the world for their support. I have received so much love."
She says she had been out of work for over a year at the time of her arrest. She says her children have since been released to the care of a relative and she is allowed limited contact which has been difficult for all of them.
Taylor’s story also spurred the Twitter trend #ISupportShanesha which was re-tweeted 6,000 times in one day at its peak.
There’s also an online petition that’s generated 6,000 signatures, asking County Attorney Bill Montgomery to drop the charges against Taylor.
His office released this statement in response: “While the County Attorney appreciates people exercising their first amendment right to freedom of expression, he does not base prosecution decisions on politics or public opinion but rather on the underlying facts and reasonable likelihood of conviction in each individual case.”