No prosecution for mom who left kids in car during interview

Shanesha Taylor, who left two kids in her car while she was at a job interview in Scottsdale, Ariz., has been admitted to a diversion program.

By Frances Burns
(Photo: Scottsdale Police Department)
(Photo: Scottsdale Police Department)

PHOENIX, July 18 (UPI) -- An Arizona mom who left two children in a car while she was at a job interview calls her agreement with prosecutors a "beautiful resolution" to her legal problems.

The Maricopa County Prosecutor's Office said that Shanesha Taylor will be admitted to a diversion program. If she successfully completes parenting and substance abuse classes and sets up $10,000 trust funds for each of her three children from money raised for her through online crowdfunding, she will not be prosecuted for child abuse.


Taylor was arrested in March. Police said she left two of her three children alone in a hot car while she went to a job interview at Farmers Insurance in Scottsdale.

"This is a beautiful resolution to a very long, very hard journey," Taylor said Friday.

Supporters donated about $115,000 to Taylor through to help with her legal expenses and other needs.

Count Attorney Bill Montgomery said the charges against Taylor will be reinstated if she fails to comply with the provisions of the diversion program. A judge has approved the deal.


"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.

Taylor's children have been living with family members while under the supervision of child welfare officials.

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