Police: Mother left infant, toddler in hot car during job interview

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A Phoenix mother was arrested Thursday after allegedly leaving her two young sons in a hot car while she interviewed for a job.

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

Scottsdale police received a call about 12:30 p.m. from a woman who heard a child crying inside an SUV in an office complex parking lot near the Loop 101 and Shea Boulevard.

Scottsdale police officers and firefighters found two boys, a 6-month-old and 2-year-old, buckled in car seats inside a parked SUV.

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

It is estimated the children were in the vehicle for at least 30 minutes.

The 6-month-old was wearing two T-shirts, one of which had long sleeves, and was covered with a blanket, according to court paperwork. He was crying hysterically.

Police said all four windows of the SUV had been rolled down about 1 inch.

Court documents say that officers entered the car through the unlocked driver's door and found the keys in the ignition. The engine was not running but the blower motor was pumping hot air into the SUV.

The children were transported to Scottsdsale 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's preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 31.