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SCOTTSDALE -- New evidence has been released in the case of a mother accused of leaving her children in a hot car so she could interview for a job, and Maricopa County has responded to the outpouring of worldwide support the suspect has received.
Shanesha Taylor, 35, allegedly left her two sons, one 2 years old and the other 6 months old, alone in a car while she interviewed for a job on March 20.
In a 911 call, a bystander tells the operator about finding two boys by themselves in a car.
"There’s a baby in a car by itself at my work," the caller said.
Scottsdale police and firefighters found the children inside the car, with the youngest wearing two shirts and a blanket, according to court documents. The temperature outside was 82 degrees and the temperature inside the car exceeded 100 degrees. Police said all four windows had been rolled down by an inch.
Taylor told authorities she was homeless and had nobody with whom to leave her children. According to court records, Taylor listed her mother’s house as her place of residence for the last year. 3TV approached the people in that home, but they declined to comment.
Taylor’s case has become a hot-button issue across the country after Taylor’s emotional mugshot went viral. Sympathizers have weighed in on social media and some have donated thousands of dollars to her through the Internet.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery acknowledged in a press conference Wednesday that Taylor’s situation is sympathetic. He added that people from across the country and the world have sent messages to his office in her defense.
The attorney’s office will consider any factors or circumstances it needs to appropriately pursue the case against Taylor, Montgomery said, but it will not take into account any outside support for her.
"How we resolve cases in this office is not a function of how many times we get an email, how many phone calls come in or how many tweets go out or how many Facebook messages get posted," he said.
Taylor is out of jail on bond and is living in an apartment complex, using money from the donations raised online for her new housing. She faces two counts of child abuse.