$100,000 Raised For Homeless Mom, Shanesha Taylor; Aunt Claims She Was “Too Proud” To Ask Extended Family For Help

April 15, 2014  |  

When we first told you about the fundraiser set up for Shanesha Taylor, the homeless mother of two from Scottsdale, Ariz., who left her kids in a hot car to attend a job interview and was charged with felony abuse, it had only raised $27,000. Soon after, it had increased to $66,000. Today, the YouCaring fundraiser for Taylor has reached a whopping $102,300. With 16 days left in the fundraiser, there’s no telling how much it will actually raise in the end, but it’s clear that Taylor has many supporters (more than 3,000 who contributed to this effort so far).

But could things have played out differently on the day Taylor left her kids in the car? That’s what her great aunt, Henrietta Grant, claims. In an interview with The Daily Mail, Grant says that she could have watched Taylor’s two children, but thinks that the 35-year-old’s pride, and a worry about letting her family know how bad things had gotten, are the reason why she didn’t reach out. But then again, it doesn’t sound like Grant was that close with Taylor. The great aunt hasn’t spoken to Taylor in two years, and they didn’t even have each other’s number:

“We are trying to figure out why when she has family here would she say she had no one to watch her children. In our culture we raise our children to watch the little ones.

She probably didn’t have my number but she could have asked her dad for it but she hasn’t talked to me in a couple of years. When you are that proud it will hinder you from doing what is right.”

Despite Taylor saying that she couldn’t find anyone to watch her children during this interview, Grant, 67, says that Taylor does have parents who live nearby, and their names are Eddie and Gwen Mullins. Grant says that Taylor could have asked her parents to get in touch with extended family to watch the kids if  they were unavailable. But she does claim that Taylor and her parents have a tumultuous relationship, saying, “They can love each other one minute and hate each other the next – they are that kind of family.”

Grant says that Taylor was in the Air Force and was doing well for herself in the early 2000s, but somehow things fell apart. Taylor is one of the Mullins’ two daughters. The youngest daughter, Alisha Mullins, is actually in prison for seven years (she started her time late last year) right now for an armed burglary charge. Taylor was considered the “good one,” so her aunt also thinks that might be a reason why she didn’t let her family know how hard things had gotten for her.

“They (Eddie and Gwen) were overprotective parents. I know they were devastated about Shanesha because she was the good one. It was a big shock to the family because she’s not a troublemaker, she’s not the type of person that wants to have dealings with the police.”

All in all, Grant says that she is worried for Taylor and thinks that people reading about her should hold their judgment:

“If it was your daughter would you say the same thing?

Everyone experiences hard times… let’s just be thankful they are okay. I don’t think she should go to prison, she was just trying to do her best and made a mistake.”

Check out Grant’s full interview over at The Daily Mail, and share your thoughts below.

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