On March 20, Shanesha Taylor, a homeless mother of two, was arrested and charged with felony child abuse after Scottsdale police discovered her two kids, aged 2 years old and 6 months old, in a locked Dodge Durango (with the windows open slightly) in the parking lot of an office complex. A witness had called police after hearing one of the children crying.
Even though Taylor was released early today, the charges have not been dropped. Police later learned that Taylor left the children in the car while she interviewed for a job at an insurance company.
But over the past two days, and with the help of twitter, facebook and the fundraising site YouCaring.com, strangers acted to assist the Arizona mother of two.
An online fundraiser began for Shanesha Taylor by a person named Amanda Bishop had the goal of simply covering her $9,000 bail. By this morning, the fundraising effort passed $64,000 with over 2,300 people donating money. see here Unlike many other fundraising sites, YouCaring.com takes no fees from those those raising money.
“She was upset. This is a sad situation all around. She said she was homeless. She needed the job,” Scottsdale Police Sergeant Mark Clark told KPHO as reported by the Huffington Post on Friday. “Obviously not getting the job. So it’s just a sad situation.”
With a felony record Taylor would be even more unlikely to secure a job. Though conservatives and others talk often about the importance of “the dignity of work” Taylor’s case is a striking example of how American society sometimes deals with those attempting to support themselves at a time when the working poor is finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet.
Annie-Rose Strasser, who is the Managing Editor at ThinkProgress.com, wrote that Arizona has cut state funded child care by 40 percent over four years.