Woman accused of leaving kids in car speaks out

Woman accused of leaving kids in car speaks out

Woman accused of leaving kids in car speaks out

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 15 at 9:22 AM

PHOENIX -- Shanesha Taylor, the Phoenix woman who was arrested after allegedly leaving her two kids in a hot vehicle during a job interview, is speaking about the case against her and the community support she has received.

Taylor, 35, faces two counts of child abuse, a class four felony.

Police said Taylor wasn't able to find a sitter, so she left her 2-year-old son and 6-month old baby in her vehicle with the key still in the ignition and the windows rolled down an inch.

A witness found the infant crying and called police.

Scottsdale police officers and firefighters found the boys buckled in car seats inside a parked SUV near the Loop 101 and Shea Boulevard.

According to court documents, the temperature outside was about 82 degrees and the temperature inside the car exceeded 100 degrees.

The children were transported to Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, and doctors determined they had no medical issues from the incident, according to court paperwork.

Taylor was arrested after returning to the car, which was about 45 minutes after police were called.

She reportedly told officers she did not have a baby sitter for her children and was hoping they would sleep during her interview since it was their nap time.

Child Protective Services took custody of the children.

Taylor pleaded not guilty Monday at her arraignment.

A woman started a fundraising web page for Taylor and thousands of dollars have been raised.

 

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