Apr 15, 2014 9:29 PM by

Lawyer: Drop charges against Arizona mom who left kids in car for job interview

SCOTTSDALE - Shanesha Taylor, the jobless mom whose arrest has drawn national attention to just how frayed America's social safety net has become, made a last-minute decision on the advice of her lawyer to skip a news conference held on her behalf Tuesday morning in front of the Arizona Capitol.

Her lawyer, Benjamin Taylor, and community advocate Jarrett Maupin said they met with Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery on Monday for "quite some time" and have another appointment Friday to discuss dropping Shanesha Taylor's felony charges and getting her and women like her the support they need to find jobs and affordable child care.

"Her case is still pending," Benjamin Taylor said at the end of the 25-minute news conference. "The situation is not appropriate for her to speak."

Shanesha Taylor is scared and nervous, said her publicist Joyce Vogt, who partnered with her Chandler church to post the mother's bail 10 days after her arrest March 21.

Taylor, 35, was arrested on child-abuse charges after leaving her 6-month-old and 2-year-old alone in her Dodge Durango for 45 minutes while in a job interview at a Farmer's Insurance office in Scottsdale. Taylor told police she was jobless, without child care that day, and had occasionally been homeless.

Since her arrest, a charity fundraising website set up on her behalf has raised more than $102,000 from 3,588 donors. Experts say that puts Taylor just behind the most notable group of crowd-funded charity recipients: a handful of Boston Marathon bombing victims who raised more than $100,000 each.


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