Shanesha Taylor Reaches Deal With Prosecutors7/19/2014
PHOENIX (AP) - Prosecutors and a Phoenix woman reached a deal Friday that would allow her to avoid ...
PHOENIX (AP) - Prosecutors and a Phoenix woman reached a deal Friday that would allow her to avoid prosecution for leaving her two young sons alone in a hot car while she was at a job interview.
Shanesha Taylor, who faced being tried on two felony child abuse charges, said gratitude was the only thing she felt.
"I'm grateful for the offer that was extended to me and the opportunity to resolve this situation as well as to show my intentions," said Taylor, who shed a few tears while standing outside the courthouse.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said his office and the 35-year-old mother of three have an agreement under which he'll dismiss the charges against her if she meets several conditions.
Those include completing parenting and substance abuse treatment programs and establishing education and child care trust funds for her children.
A witness found the infant crying hysterically and sweating profusely as temperatures inside the SUV exceeded 100 degrees. According to court documents, firefighters found the vehicle's windows rolled down an inch and no running air conditioning to keep the children cool.
While Montgomery has said his focus was on how the children were treated, Taylor drew sympathy from people who saw her as a single mother trying to get work.
An online fundraising website set up by a New Jersey woman brought in more than $114,000 in donations for her, according to Taylor's attorney.
Taylor, who declined to answer questions from reporters, thanked supporters who sent cards and money. She has since used some of the money to secure a new place to live, her lawyer said.
"You helped make today possible for me. You gave me life," Taylor said. "You provided a future for my children. I truly appreciate you."
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