Last chance for mom who left kids in car

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PHOENIX -- Shanesha Taylor, the Phoenix woman accused of leaving her children in a hot car while she went on a job interview, is scheduled to be back in court on Thursday morning.

She has still not complied with the terms of a plea deal from July. The agreement with the Maricopa County Attorney's office has allowed her to avoid being prosecuted on felony child abuse charges.

The original deal required Taylor to put $60,000 in trust funds for her three children.

Taylor's tearful mug shot gained national attention. 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.

In October, she told a judge that she was concerned about funding the $60,000 trust funds because she still hasn't found a job to support her children and may need the money.

"If she thinks she can drag this out any further she's grossly mistaken and is exercising the same lack of judgment as she did when she left her children in the car to begin with," Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said at a news conference on Wednesday.

After the hearing in October, prosecutors agreed to reduce the dollar amounts to $10,000 in education trust funds for each child for a total of $30,000 and an additional $10,000 for child care is also to be set aside.

Montgomery said Taylor has child care available to her through April 2015 with no cost.

"She will either comply with setting aside the monies that were previously agreed upon or we will move forward with prosecution and that entire avenue of resolution will be off the table and I will not entertain it again. After that we will, if it's going to be resolved, resolve it like we would with any other case where felonies were charged," said Montgomery.

Taylor said she has completed the substance abuse classes and the parenting classes that were also required in the plea agreement.

"My patience has reached its limits," said Montgomery. "The games that have been reached to this point certainly undermine her statements to me that she was grateful for the opportunity to resolve the case in this way and also underscores more pointed statements to her that it was entirely up to her whether or not the case got resolved where she could ultimately not face any charges."

The hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Thursday.

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