CRIME
10/28/2014 03:30 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Shanesha Taylor, Homeless Mom Who Left Kids For Job Interview, May Face Charges Again

Maricopa County Sheriff

Maricopa County prosecutors moved to reinstate charges against an Arizona woman who was arrested after leaving her two toddlers in her car while she went on a job interview.

Shanesha Taylor made national headlines following her arrest in March, which law enforcement critics decried as unjust.

Taylor, who was homeless at the time, said that she could not afford child care and had no one to watch her 2-year-old and 6-month old, so she left them in the car while she interviewed for a job at an insurance company.

The child abuse charges against Taylor were dropped in the wake of the outcry, but with strings attached. Now, Taylor might be in legal trouble for missing a scheduled financial payment to a fund for her children.

About 4,000 individuals had contributed more than $114,700 to a crowdfunding campaign set up for Taylor's benefit.

On Monday, prosecutors moved to reinstate charges against Taylor, saying that she had failed to deposit $60,000 of the donations she received in a trust for her kids. Taylor had agreed to the deadline in July as a condition to suspend the criminal charges.

In court Monday, prosecutors "wondered aloud" where all the money went, AZCentral reports.

Taylor's attorney asked to lower the contribution to $35,000, saying that his client has met most of the conditions of her deal, and paid for child care through April 2015. He said Taylor is still looking for a job.

A follow-up hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Taylor was arrested on felony child abuse charges in March after Scottsdale police were alerted that there were kids in a locked car.

"She was upset. This is a sad situation all around. She said she was homeless. She needed the job," Scottsdale Police Sergeant Mark Clark told KPHO at the time. "Obviously not getting the job. So it's just a sad situation."

The Maricopa County Attorney told KPHO that Taylor had a listed address and was employed part time when she was arrested.

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