Despite petition, judge still wants Shanesha Taylor to pay for leaving her kids in the car
By: Krystle Crossman
Shanesha Taylor is facing up to eight years in prison for child abuse. She went to a job interview and left her two children in a hot car with the windows barely cracked for 45 minutes. She said that she was homeless and had no one to watch them but needed to get a job. Many have come to her aide by donating almost $100,000 and signing a petition on Change.org to have her freed, but the judge has said that since the online petition could just be a list of names of people who don’t even know the circumstances of the case, it could not be taken into consideration.
The details of the case have been very confusing and her family members are not helping the matter. Taylor had claimed that she was staying with her mother off and on for the last couple of years. She also claimed that she and the kids spent the night in their car in the parking lot of Walmart the night before her interview. Attorney Bill Montgomery is not buying her story because so many details of her past do not add up. Records show that she has a part-time job as an office aide. She left her children in the car for a job interview at an insurance company and police estimated that the car reached a temperature of almost 103 degrees inside.
The state government does not seem to notice the plight of not only Taylor but others like her without homes or places for their children to go while they are working. It was reported that the Senate and the House rejected a bill that would create places for children to go while their parents work so that they would be safe. Before they stopped these plans there were over 6,000 children on the waiting list.
Taylor’s lawyer is still seeking ways to get her charges dropped.