Charges to be reinstated against mom who left kids in car

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PHOENIX -- The Maricopa County Attorney's Office has decided to reinstate charges against Shanesha Taylor. She's the Phoenix woman accused of leaving her children in a hot car while she went on a job interview.

Taylor did not meet the deadline to establish trust funds for her children. And the County Attorney's Office released this statement Monday: "Due to the defendant's failure to comply with the terms of the deferred prosecution agreement, the State has moved to reinstate prosecution."

Taylor was in court Monday to discuss why she hasn't funded the education and child care funds, which was required as part of an agreement to keep her out of jail.

She told the judge in a settlement conference that she is concerned about funding the $60,000 because she still hasn't found a job to support her kids and may need to tap into that money.

People donated more than $114,000 after seeing her teary-eyed mug shot when she was arrested.

The judge told Taylor Monday that when they made the agreement to put $60,000 aside for the kids she agreed and he wondered what the holdup has been.

He asked Taylor if she would be willing to show the state her bank records so that they can determine whether she has made big purchases and if it is necessary to renegotiate the agreement.

Taylor told the judge that the money is in her mother's bank account and her mom may not want her to disclose the records.

She met with her attorney for a few minutes and came back to tell the judge that she is willing to fund the accounts with $35,000 total instead of the $60,000 they agreed upon and she is willing to show an ATM receipt that shows she has that money.

The attorney for the state said she didn't know what to say, but in the end said she'd think about it.

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In July, Taylor came to an agreement with prosecutors in which the Maricopa County Attorney's Office would drop the charges against her as long as she met several conditions. Among those conditions are the completion of parenting and substance abuse treatment programs and the establishment of education and child care trust funds for her children.

She has not set up the trust funds and a Maricopa County Superior Court judge was concerned about the delay. The judge gave Taylor until Oct. 27 to establish the trusts and told her that if she doesn't, the prosecution could withdraw the plea deal.

Taylor's lawyer did say that his client will fund the trusts by the deadline and said he has been discussing the legal requirements with trust attorneys and the state.

An online fundraising website set up by a New Jersey woman brought in more than $114,000 in donations for Taylor, according to her lawyer. Benjamin Taylor said $60,000 of that is going to the trust funds for the children.

Taylor, 35, was barred from seeing her two young sons after her March 20 arrest. Bystanders reported seeing Taylor's boys alone in her car in Scottsdale. Taylor told police that she wasn't able to find a babysitter for the boys, who were 2 years old and 6 months old at the time.

She regained custody of her sons in August.

Taylor said she completed the substance abuse classes and that the parenting classes "have helped out a lot."

Taylor said she has been having difficulty finding employment and said it's partly due to the media attention her case has garnered and partly because of the incident.

"We live pretty slim right now," she said. "Right now we are surviving off of the funds that were donated by the public, but a good portion of those are getting ready to be turned over to the state so the remaining amount is not going to sustain us for very long, which is why I've been looking for work."

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