PHOENIX, Ariz. – Shanesha Taylor’s tearful mug shot and her claims that she had to leave her two young sons in a hot car for a job interview helped generate about $114,000 in online donations.
The unemployed Valley woman was facing child-abuse charges after police say she left her two children in a parked vehicle during a job interview.
After her arrest in March and her widely publicized, tearful mugshot, she won the sympathy of 4,000 supporters who donated more than $114,000 via a viral Internet campaign to get Taylor back on her feet.
In July, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said he would avoid prosecuting Taylor if she agreed to put $60,000 of the $114,000 in trust funds for her children, who are both younger than school-age.
That amount was later changed to $40,000.
She never made the deposit.
According to records filed last month, Taylor has spent more than $4,000 a month on rent, clothing, groceries and other expenses since receiving the donated money.
Taylor is also reported to have spent $6,000 to help her children’s father finish a rap album at a Tempe music studio.
A public defender had to be appointed to her after her defense team walked out on her.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said his patience has worn out waiting for Taylor to fund the trust as she repeatedly said she would in order to have the charges dropped.
“My patience is gone,” Montgomery said. “I think I have been more than amenable to taking in the totality of the circumstances that she was facing.”
She failed to deposit the required money into trust funds this month, and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office asked to reinstate prosecution against her.
As a result, Montgomery reinstated the charges and Taylor will be back in court on Dec. 3.
Two weeks ago, Taylor told reporters she had $72,000 left of the donated money and failed to meet the deadline for other reasons.
Taylor now wants people to send her more money.
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