Too frequently, we hear horror stories about children being left in cars unattended, and parents returning from whatever it is they were doing to find their child unconscious or even dead. Usually, the reasons the children were left alone range from the parent was shopping, had to run an errand, or just plain forgot.
In Shanesha Taylor’s case, however, she risked the lives of her 2-year-old and 6-month-old because she was trying to land a job with an insurance agency in order to provide for them.
It was one of those 100 degree days in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the youngsters were found in her SUV with the keys in the ignition and windows cracked. They were sweating and “crying hysterically,” according to witnesses who called authorities.
Taylor returned to her car after the hour-long job interview and was arrested on two felony accounts of child abuse. She told officers she was homeless and was unable to find a babysitter for her kids during her interview. She may not only face seven years in prison, but she also has the possibility of losing custody of her two children.
The mug shot of this accused mother is what has really spurred the widespread attention this case has received, and with one look, you’ll see why.
It’s not hard to imagine the internal struggle Taylor was confronted with when choosing to leave her kids in the car for a job interview that could potentially help improve their lives.
The fact is, it is indeed dangerous to leave a child unattended in a car for any length of time, and as we know from previous stories, the results can be detrimental.
Nevertheless, Taylor has received an outpouring of support as well as money from people nationwide who sympathize with her situation. Amanda Bishop, a young woman who has struggled with poverty just like Taylor, immediately organized a fundraiser for her via YouCaring.com after hearing her story. It has already raised nearly $115,000 in a short period.
The question remains, was she wrong in the choice she made? Was she stuck between a rock and a hard place? Tell us what you think by leaving us a comment in the box below!
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