Civil rights leader says Shanesha Taylor spent money on rap album

PHOENIX - A civil rights leader has changed his perspective on Shanesha Taylor, saying he no longer supports the controversial mother.

"We're trying to separate Shanesha Taylor from her mistakes, and that has proved to be perhaps an insurmountable obstacle," said Reverend Jarrett Maupin.

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Authorities accused Taylor in March of leaving her children in a hot car while she went to a job interview.

Support for Taylor poured into an online fundraising account; donors gave her more than $114,000.

Part of a deal with prosecutors to avoid charges for Taylor included her putting some of that money into a trust for her children.

When she failed to do so, prosecutors reinstated charges against her.

Maupin said he arranged jobs for Taylor in the hospitality industry, a business in which she told him she was interested.

"I call these Taylor-ready jobs, all she had to do was show up," Maupin said. "Unfortunately, she didn't."

Maupin says Taylor also wasted her donated money.

"We had someone call my office and alert her attorney to the fact that she spent $6,000 at a music studio in Tempe to finish her baby daddy's rap album," Maupin said. "That's not what people gave her that money for."

In a response to ABC 15, Taylor said, "I haven't spoken to [Reverent Maupin] since July 21st. He has not been part of my defense team. Anything he says is libel or slander."

Taylor is due in court December 3.

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