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Homeless Woman’s Children Taken Away After She Left Them In Car During Job Interview

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

Some people say if it wasn’t for bad luck, they’d have no luck at all. No truer statement was ever said in this case.

Shanesha Taylor, a woman from Scottsdale, Arizona, is homeless. After searching high and low for a job, she finally got a job interview. She also has two small children, ages 2 and 6 months. Having no choice, no one to watch the kids while she went on her interview, she was forced to bring them along with her. Fearing bringing the kids in with her for the interview would hurt her chances getting the job, she left them in the car with the windows cracked. That’s when things went from bad to worse…


“Taylor was charged with two felony counts of child abuse for leaving her six-month-old and two-year-old in a car with the windows cracked last Thursday for at least 45 minutes as she sat in an interview for a potential job. She told officers that she was homeless, so she couldn’t leave her children in the house, and she had no one else to watch them.

“She was upset,” Sargent Mark Clark, Public Information Officer for Scottsdale Police, told WFSB. “This is a sad situation all around. She said she was homeless, she needed the job. Obviously, not getting the job. So it’s just a sad situation.”

Now, I fully understand the dangers of leaving kids in a car. There are SO MANY horrible things that could have happened. Luckily, the kids are safe. People in her situation are left with only bad options, really.

What do you think should happen? Should the Judge give her a pass? How would you rule if YOU were the Judge?

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