Woman who left kids in hot car during job interview is sentenced after trust fund agreement fails
A woman has been sentenced to 18 years of probation after pleading guilty to child abuse for leaving her children in a hot car during a job interview.
Shanesha Taylor was sentenced on Friday, report the New York Times and the Arizona Republic. The two children were 2 years and 6 months old in March 2014 when they were left in the SUV in Scottsdale, Arizona. Temperatures were in the 70s that day and Taylor had left the car windows cracked open.
Strangers moved by Taylor’s plight had donated more than $100,000 to the family.
A deferred prosecution agreement required Taylor to contribute money to a trust fund for her children, but the prosecution was reinstated when Taylor missed two deadlines to deposit money. Taylor said she didn’t want to pay because the trust restricted her children’s use of the money if they did not attend college.
The Times cites court filings showing that Taylor spent a significant amount of the money on clothes, entertainment, cellphones and a cable television package.