Support grows for mom arrested for leaving kids in car during interview

Support grows for mom arrested for leaving kids in car during interview (Image 1)

A single Arizona mother of two, who was arrested for leaving her kids in the car during a job interview, is attracting worldwide support from those who believe she had a difficult decision to make.

Shanesha Taylor, 35, who is homeless, unemployed and on food stamps, left her two-year-old son and six-month-old baby in her car around Noon on March 21 with the key in the ignition and the windows cracked when she couldn't find a babysitter, ABC affiliate KNXV-TV reported.

A witness saw the children crying and sweating and called authorities.

Taylor was arrested as she returned to her car 45 minutes later, and her children were taken into custody by Child Protective Services before being released to a relative.

She is now being charged with two counts of child abuse.

Amanda Bishop, 24, a stranger to Taylor but not to her situation, was inspired by her story and decided to create a fundraiser through the Web site You Caring.

Like Taylor, Bishop is out of a job and was raised by a single mother.

“There are a lot of us who feel she was just a victim to what an economy like this is putting struggling families through,” Bishop told KNXV-TV.

Initially, the project was created to help raise money for bail costs.  A local church, however, posted bond on behalf of Taylor on March 31.

The fundraiser is still accepting donations to help cover other expenses.

The venture has since raised over $95,000, greatly surpassing the original goal of just $9,000.

“My family is wishing you a well-deserved head-start towards a solid future for you and your children,” a donor wrote. “I can only imagine the struggle you have faced and likewise imagine the love you hold for you precious kids. We are rooting for you… And all the thousands of others who share the same uphill climb.”

In addition to the fundraiser, an online petition asking County Attorney Bill Montgomery for charges against Taylor to be dropped has been created through the Web site Change.

The petition has been signed by over 10,000 people across the world.

Her story has also spurred the Twitter trend #ISupportShanesha.

*ABC affiliate KNXV-TV contributed to this story.

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