Shanesha Taylor is facing felony child abuse charges after failing to meet court-ordered requirements. The charges were reinstated by Maricopa County prosecutors after Taylor failed to deposit $60,000 into a trust fund for her children from money raised online.
Taylor’s offer to pay the court $35,000 instead was rejected, according to reports.
Taylor generated headlines earlier this year when she left her two-year-old and six-month old in a hot car with the windows cracked while she went to a job interview in March.
At the time of the incident, Taylor claimed she couldn’t afford childcare in light of her being homeless and looking for a job. Taylor’s situation generated support and headlines as well as attention from Amanda Bishop, a New Jersey woman who started an online fund to help Taylor post bail. According to the Huffington Post, the effort reached almost $115,000.
Reports further stated that Taylor agreed to a court order in July make a mandatory deposit of $60,000 of the donated money into a trust fund for her children’s college tuition and use the rest for childcare in order to avoid prosecution. Although custody of her children was returned to her, Taylor has yet to deposit the $60,000 as of Monday, Essence noted.
Despite claims from Taylor’s attorney that his client still hasn’t found a job, Bishop says the single mom received numerous job offers from people who donated.
“My client still wants to fund the trust fund, it’s just a matter of being able to still survive–and still live off these trust funds–and still get a job in the future,” Taylor’s attorney, Benjamin Taylor, told Essence while revealing that he asked the judge to lower the contribution to $35,000.
The Post mentioned that Benjamin Taylor argued that Shanesha Taylor has met most of the requirements for her diversion program and has paid for childcare through April of next year.
News of Shanesha Taylor’s latest legal situation comes amid questions from prosecutors about where all of the donated money went. During the proceedings in court last week, he judge in the case also sought proof of any large purchases.
According to News One, Taylor initially told a judge the money for the trust fund was in her mother’s account. She later changed her story, stating that she could provide proof that she only had $35,000.
Taylor’s trial date has been set for December 10. If convicted, she faces up to 18 months in jail.