Shanesha Taylor
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Remember Shanesha Taylor, the Arizona mother who was arrested and had her children taken away from her because she left them in the car earlier this year while she tried to interview for a job?

Well, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery has confirmed that an agreement has been reached with Taylor’s lawyer: The two counts of child abuse will be dropped if Taylor meets certain terms and conditions, the Arizona Republic reports.


According to the news site, Taylor will have to “complete parenting and substance-abuse classes,” as well as start separate “education and child-care trusts” for her three kids. The education trusts must hold no less than $10,000.

When asked if she accepted the terms, Taylor told Judge Joseph Welty, “Yes, your honor.”

“Based on all the facts and circumstances in this matter, we believe this agreement represents a just resolution that appropriately holds the defendant accountable for her actions while also recognizing the best interests of her family,” Montgomery said in a statement, according to the Republic. “The stipulations of this agreement also ensure that pledges of support from members of the public will have a meaningful and positive impact,” he added.

If she fails to meet the required agreements—for which she has to submit documented proof—the charges will be restored.


Taylor’s situation sparked social media outrage in March after she was arrested for leaving her children in her car for almost an hour while she interviewed for a job. The unemployed mother, who has been homeless from time to time, did not have anyone to leave her kids with that day, she told police.

Social media users, touched by her story, started a page in her name to raise $9,000 for her legal costs and other expenses. By the time the fundraiser closed, more than $100,000 had been raised.


However, there is still the case that Child Protective Services has against her, which is under a completely different jurisdiction. The children are currently with family under the supervision of the Divison of Child and Family Services, the Republic notes.

Read more at the Arizona Republic.

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