Mom who left kids in hot car fights for custody

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A Valley mother who left her two children in a hot car while she attended a job interview is fighting to prove she deserves permanent custody again.

Shanesha Taylor faced a criminal court judge Wednesday. Taylor must meet certain conditions in order to have the charges against her dismissed. She has to attend drug and parenting counseling sessions and must establish trust funds for her kids' future education and child care needs.

Taylor stands a better chance at regaining custody of her children if her criminal charges are dismissed.

Taylor told the judge she is making progress toward completing the court's orders. She is five weeks into her 26-week counseling program. She also said she is in the process of setting up the trusts, using money from the tens of thousands of dollars she received in donations from across the country when news of her situation broke earlier this year.

Back in March, Taylor left her 2-year-old and 6-month-old in her car while she attended a job interview. The children were taken from her custody.

"I'm human," Taylor told reporters outside of court. "We're all allowed to make mistakes from time to time, but how you recover from those mistakes is what makes us better people."

In May, Taylor was granted supervised visits with her kids. She said she spends weekends with them and she values every minute, taking them to the park and on other family-driven activities.

"I just reinforce that I love them and that sometimes I don't make the best decisions, but at all times I have their best interest at heart," Taylor said.

On Thursday, Taylor will point to the progress she's made toward getting her criminal charges dismissed and make her plea to a CPS judge to grant her permanent custody.

"I haven't slept in about a week," Taylor said. "There's definitely a little bit more excitement. I feel better about it. Before I was a little bit down, a little bit down on myself, but I feel better about the changes I've made."

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