While we thought Shanesha Taylor, the homeless Arizona mother who left her children in a car during a job interview, had finally reached her happy ending, it may be a bit too early to call it.
You may remember that once her story starting making national headlines, people across the nation started crowd funding for Taylor, raising $144,775. In order for to avoid jail time, back in July a judge ordered that Taylor use $60,000 of that money to start a $10,000 trust fund for each of her three children and the rest was to be used for their childcare.
The judge ruled that if the trust fund accounts and childcare money was not put aside, the criminal charges could be reinstated.
And according to the Huffington Post, Taylor failed to deposit the $60,000 into an account.
Last week, Taylor appeared in front of a judge with her attorney who explained that Taylor is still without a job and wants to set up the trust funds but was hoping to do so at a lower amount.
Benjamin Taylor, Shanesha’s attorney (no relation), said, “My client still wants to fund the trust fund. It’s just a matter of being able to still survive- and still live off of these trust funds- and still get a job in the future.”
Her attorney also argued that Taylor has met most of the conditions of her diversion program and has paid for childcare through April 2015.
Taylor has been ordered to bring bank statements so they court can see how she’s been spending the money she received from her donations.
Now, that the charges have been reinstated, there is a possibility that Taylor may be convicted of two child abuse charges. If so, she could face up to 18 months in jail.
A trial date is set for December 10.
What do you think about this? Does this represent irresponsibility on her part or should the courts give her more time to land on her feet and establish the trust funds?