Online fundraiser set up for mother accused of leaving kids in hot car

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- You might have seen the tear-stained mugshot of Shanesha Taylor.

The picture was taken after the Valley woman's arrest for allegedly leaving her two young children in a hot car while she was on a job interview.

"Like everybody else, I saw the mugshot and the mugshot really touched me like it has for people all over the world," Amanda Bishop said.

Bishop does not know Taylor. In fact, she doesn't even live in Arizona anymore. She spoke to 3TV from New Jersey over Skype.

But during a visit to the Valley last week, she saw the news and the heartbreak written on Taylor's face. She then looked Taylor up on Facebook.

"All I saw was just posts about her children, how much she loved her children, pictures of her children," Bishop recalled. "So that kind of conviced me that I didn't think she was a bad mother."

Bishop started a campaign on for the struggling mom.

In the last week, thousands of dollars in donations have been pouring in each day. The campaign has raised more than $37,000.

Bishop said she's been in contact with the family, including the father of the children, and hopes the online fundraiser will make things right for them.

"I actually came from a struggling family who sometimes had to do things that necessarily weren't the right things to support us," she explained.

But Scottsdale police say too many things can quickly go wrong when kids are left in a car, and they want parents to know they have a zero tolerance policy.

"Yeah, she was upset," Scottsdale Police Sgt. Mark Clark said. "This is a sad situation all around. She said she was homeless, she needed the job, and obviously not getting the job. ... She felt as though she had no other option."

It is estimated Taylor's 6-month-old and 2-year-old sons were left inside the car for at least 30 minutes. The temperature outside was about 82 degrees and the temperature inside the car exceeded 100 degrees, according to court documents.

The boys were transported to Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center and doctors determined they had no health issues from being left in the car, according to court documents.

Bishop says Taylor's mother will have control of the money. It will go into her bank account and be used for bail, legal fees, and to support the children.

Click here to visit the donation page.