Homeless Mom Who Left Her Kids in the Car Gets What She Deserves

shenesha taylorThere is nothing harder than being a mother. It's not just the sleepless nights or endless diaper changes. Are they happy, healthy, warm enough at night? Now imagine if you had little ones to care for but no roof over your head. No job to ensure that you could provide them enough food. That is the frightening predicament that Arizona mom Shanesha Taylor found herself in. You may recall the headlines she sparked last week after leaving her 2-year-old and 6-month-old in her car for 45 minutes while she went to a job interview. When she returned, the police were waiting and she was arrested. But it isn't just a judge that this down-on-her-luck mother has to face, it's the public, and the reaction has been unexpected.

It would have been easy for the masses to dismiss her as a bad mom and let the system take over. But quite the opposite has happened. There has been an amazing outpouring of support for Taylor. A fundraiser was started on YouCaring.com to help her family and so far has raised over $75,000.

Thank goodness that people are rallying around this mom. What she has been through proves the "it takes a village" theory is still so necessary and not just for the sake of the kids. Moms are in so much need of support -- both emotional and financial. I had no idea how hard being a parent was until I became one. It’s so emotionally draining and, to be honest, scary at times. I can’t imagine having to make the choice she did. Not sure I would have done the same thing, but I empathize with that desperation. All mothers should.

I think the reason so many people have extended a helping hand is because they know how hard parenting is in a bad economy. The sad fact is a lot of moms could find themselves in this very same position. It's heartwarming to know that there are people out there who care enough to help. 


Do you think we have a responsibility to help other moms?


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Cavin... CavinsMummy

Yes!!!! So happy to hear that much was raised for her! Now she won't be homeless! Hopefully her child neglect charges are dropped and she makes bail and her kids get to COME HOME! I hope the judge takes inro consideration her situation and how the public feels about her and only asks she finds a house as a condition of getting her babies!


Happy for her, but I had hoped someone gave her job.

kelry23 kelry23

This is so great! I live in Arizona, and when I heard about this, yes, I was angry at the Mom for leaving those babies in the car, but hearing that she was homeless and she was on a job interview, I wanted to wrap my arms around her. As a mom myself, who has no village around her, I know what it's like to feel stuck and helpless and that no one is around you to help you. I am so happy she is getting some much needed help!!! 

arlis... arliss123

My heart just broke for her when I saw that mugshot. If that is not hopelessness, I don't know what is.

Denice Ward

I think as humans we need develope what is missing in so much of our society, compassion, love, and human contact. We are so conditioned to use the cell phone or computer to communicate that we forget how good it feels to hear a human voice. Yes it is easy to forget a sister, mother, brother when life gets to busy that you do not have time to reach out, give of yourself, feel gratitude when you give the simplest things. Life is hard, it was wonderful that these people reached out to this young mother to help her. It could have been so tragic.

Mrs.S... Mrs.Sparkle

No one would be all happy if those babies had overheated and passed.

twili... twilightsbella

Agree mrs.sparkle she doesnt deserve this support there is no excuse ever to leave ur kids in the car they could of died

Jeff Blanks

@Mrs. Sparkle and twilightsbella: 

Well, how about John Cole here tries to show you?


cherylam cherylam

As a woman, as a mother, we should be sticking together, lifting each other up, not tearing each other down. Maybe if she had had the support of other moms, other people she never would have left her kids on that van. Here's a thought, instead of judging her as a bad mom, think about what would you have done? No one to help, people screaming about her being on welfare but doing nothing to help. Instead of tearing her apart for a mistake, how about going to the local womens resource women's and volunteering for anything you can do to help? I do.

calim... calimom41

To those that always have support ,who are you to judge. Thank God nothing happen to the kids. But I been in that before. I'm sure if she had help it wouldn't had happen. Sparkle and twilightsbella cut it out

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