Organizer of Shanesha Taylor fundraiser 'disappointed'

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PHOENIX -- Shanesha Taylor's story made national headlines.

A single mother leaves her children in a hot car but only because she was going on a job interview and had no other options.

When that narrative made its way around the nation a woman from New Jersey named Amanda Bishop started a fundraising page to benefit Taylor.

Strangers donated more than $100,000, giving Taylor the benefit of the doubt.

But then a judge asked Taylor to put $60,000 in a trust fund for her children to avoid prosecution but she did not do it.

She was then asked to put $40,000 in the fund and she didn't do that, either.

Now Taylor is facing a criminal trial, and many people, including Bishop, are wondering what happened to all that money.

"A lot of people are saying 'you must feel stupid, you must feel embarrassed' and the best way I can put it I'm not going to feel embarrassed or stupid no matter how this turns out because I know I did something out of the kindness of my heart and I know everybody who donated did as well," said Bishop.

Bishop may not feel stupid for helping Shanesha Taylor but the New Jersey woman is not pleased either.

"That's the only thing that throughout this has really upset me is that she agreed to the judge's terms and then backed out," said Bishop.

She just talked to Taylor about two weeks ago.

"I kind of expressed that I thought it was the best idea to put it in the funds and she didn't and we haven't spoken since then," said Bishop.

Bishop said she never had access to the more than $100,000 raised for Taylor on the YouCaring page she set up.

"After they sent it up to the account, I have no idea where it went. No idea what was spent. Nothing, I have no clue," said Bishop.

She does know the company that handled the monetary transactions took a cut.

"I think they took about $10,000. I believe it was about $104,000 that she got overall," said Bishop.

Then the money was put into Taylor's mother's account because Taylor was in jail at the time.

"We handed her the rope to pull herself out of the hole. The fact that she chose to hang herself with it is beyond our control," said Bishop.

And when asked would she do it again, Bishop said this:

"We were doing something we felt compelled to do out of our hearts. Me, everyone who donated, her lawyer, we did it to help her and her children," said Bishop.


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