Ariz. Mom Who Left Kids in Car Is Granted Visits

Shanesha Taylor of Phoenix can now see her 8-month-old and 2-year-old sons under supervision.

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A homeless woman who left her children in a car during a job interview in Scottsdale, Ariz., can now have supervised visits with them, the Arizona Republic reports.

Commissioner Richard Nothwehr ruled Thursday that the woman, Shanesha Taylor, 35, of Phoenix, could have supervised visits with her 8-month-old and 2-year-old sons, the report says.

She had been prohibited from seeing them after she was arrested in March in Scottsdale on two felony counts of child abuse after police say she left the children in a hot car for 45 minutes while she went on a job interview. She pleaded not guilty to the charges, and the children have been with relatives and under the supervision of the Division of Child and Family Services.

“This is a big victory for the defense,” attorney Benjamin Taylor said, according to the Arizona Republic. “My client is looking forward to seeing her kids once again.”

The single mother garnered a wellspring of support across the globe after telling police that she lacked child care that day and had occasionally been homeless. A fundraising campaign at YouCaring.com, which ended about two weeks ago, raised $114,775—nearly double its goal—from over 4,000 donors.

Taylor’s lawyer, according to the Arizona Republic, said that she was thankful for the support and that “the money would go toward building the future of her children.” She has already used a portion of the donations to rent an apartment, the site says.

Read more at USA Today.

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