PHOENIX - A Phoenix woman who left her two children in a hot car while she attended a job interview has regained custody of her two children.
Shanesha Taylor was barred from seeing her two young sons after her March 20 arrest and only had visitation rights before Thursday's court decision.
“I finally breathed, because I wasn't breathing before that. I think I've been holding my breath the last three days with so much going on, so to hear that -- I said ‘whoooooh’,” described Taylor on her reaction to the judge’s decision.
Bystanders reported seeing Taylor's children alone in her car in Scottsdale and authorities say the temperature inside the car was above 100 degrees.
Taylor told investigators that she didn't have anyone to watch her 2-year-old and 8-month-old sons.
“CPS will still have some monitoring done on them, but at least the kids will be physically home with Ms. Taylor,” said her attorney Benjamin Taylor (no relation).
“My two year old's favorite line is 'Mommy can we go home?', so I can tell him today 'let's go home, come on let’s go,’” said an elated Taylor.
Last month, Maricopa County prosecutors agreed to dismiss abuse charges against the 35-year-old single mother if she successfully completes a diversion program.
Taylor told a judge Wednesday that she's establishing trust funds for the future education and child care needs of her sons.
She told ABC15 she takes home a big lesson on making the right decisions and hopes others will learn from her mistake and ask for help if they need it.
“Look for someone that is willing to give you that hand up. There are non-profits that step up every day to fill the gaps that government may have. They are helping families keep life together. So reach out and look for those sources that will help you," she advises.
Taylor still has not secured a job, but the U.S. Air Force Veteran hopes an employer might see what the judge saw, a loving mother in need of a second chance.