Homeless Woman Arrested For Leaving Her Kids in Car During Job Interview
Shanesha Taylor, a mother of two from Scottsdale, Arizona, was called in for a job interview last week. She’s homeless and doesn’t have access to childcare, so she had to leave her kids in the car. She had to leave her six-month-old and 2-year-old in the car with the windows cracked while she did the interview. While she was gone, police were called the scene; when she returned to her vehicle, she was arrested for child abuse and her children were put in the custody of Child Protective Services.
Taylor told the police that she couldn’t have left the children at home because she’s homeless and that she couldn’t find anyone else willing to watch them. “She was upset,” Scottsdale Police Sergeant Mark Clark told WSFB. “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.”. This isn’t just a “sad situation.” It’s the result of harmful government policies and poor infrastructure.
Fortunately, things aren’t entirely dire: a Scottsdale resident named Amanda Bishop has started a fundraiser in order to help Shanesha, and so far it’s raised nearly $30,000 — all of which will reportedly “be used to help Shanesha’s situation and legal pursuits.”