According to The Grio, supporters of 35-year-old Shanesha Taylor have a lot to celebrate about, because the homeless mother of two has reportedly been released from jail on bail. In the wee hours of Monday morning, the Scottsdale, Ariz. mother was released from jail after having her bail paid for, and says that she is “home and safe,” wherever that is. Her children are still in custody of Child Protective Services. Taylor will be free on bond as she awaits a trial for her charges of felony abuse.
If you didn’t know her story, the charges stem from Taylor’s desperate decision as a homeless mother of a six-month-old and a 2-year-old, to leave her children in a hot car with the windows cracked as she went inside of an insurance company building for a job interview on March 20. She would later claim that she couldn’t find anyone who could watch her kids during the interview. Someone passing by the car saw the children inside and called police, and 45 minutes after they came to the scene, Taylor came out of the insurance building and back to her car. She was arrested.
We told you late last week that a fundraising campaign had been set up in Taylor’s honor by 24-year-old Amanda Bishop. In an interview with TheGrio, Bishop said that she was inspired to start the fundraising opportunity after seeing Taylor’s Facebook page and seeing that she was simply a desperate woman who made a terrible mistake:
“It’s not like Shanesha was out drinking and partying. She was trying to better her situation. She was trying to get a job. She was trying to get herself out of the rut that she was in.
The story underscores the desperate situations parents, especially single moms in poverty, are forced into to make ends met. What’s wrong with the picture here? Is it wrong that she was put in a position to make that decision or is it wrong that so many people are even in this position to begin with?”
We told you on Friday that the fundraising campaign had already made $27,000, but just days later and upon Taylor’s release, it has brought in $66,000 with 31 days left to go. Bishop told TheGrio that the money was going to go Taylor’s legal fees and to help care for her children and improve the embattled mother’s situation. A message was left on the fundraising page today, allegedly by Taylor, thanking the more than 2,000 donors for their support:
Thank you to all who love and support me. I am home and safe. I was released early this morning by the grace of god. And the charity of a wonderful church community here in Chandler, AZ. I appreciate everyone who felt move enough to help a complete stranger. I LOVE you all. As to the comments that this fund is fraudelent, please understand there are a lot of people looking to profit from my misfortune. This fund is absolutely real and my first disbursement is pending in my account. Again thank you all for you support. My family and I greatly appreciate it.