Mom Who Left Kids In Hot Car During Job Interview Avoids Jail Time

05/15/2015 02:58 pm ET

TERRY TANG, Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix woman who left her two young sons alone in a hot car during a job interview has been sentenced to 18 years of supervised probation.

The sentencing on Friday brings an end to the case that saw the single mother become a figure of public sympathy and then scorn.

A judge followed prosecutors' recommendation in sentencing 36-year-old Shanesha Taylor. Taylor's lawyer had asked for 10 years of probation.

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Taylor also must attend parenting classes.

She pleaded guilty in March to felony child abuse.

Taylor's tear-stained mug shot was published online following her March 2014 arrest and garnered compassion and more than $100,000 in donations.

But she failed to meet a deadline to put some of the money into a trust for her children as part of an initial plea agreement. Prosecutors then reinstated charges.

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