Phoenix mom facing abuse charges pleads not guilty

Associated Press
This photo provided by Scottsdale police, Shanesha Taylor is shown. Taylor, 35, had an important job interview last month at an insurance company across town in Scottsdale. But she couldn’t find a babysitter for her 2-year-old son and 6-month old baby. She made the decision to leave her children in her Dodge Durango outside the office where she was interviewing with the key still in the ignition. That ill-fated decision landed the mother of two in Maricopa County Superior Court Monday, April 7, 2014, where she was arraigned on two charges of child abuse. Neither Taylor nor her court-appointed attorney has responded to requests for comment. (AP Photo/Scottsdale police)
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PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix woman who left her two young children in her vehicle during a job interview has pleaded not guilty at her arraignment.

Shanesha Taylor's case has attracted attention with her tearful police mugshot and people rallying to her defense online to raise money for the 35-year-old mother. She faces two counts of child abuse.

Court documents say Scottsdale firefighters found hot air coming into the car and both children sweating profusely.

The baby was described as wearing a short-sleeve shirt over a long-sleeve shirt, as well as a blanket. The documents say Taylor arrived back at the car more than an hour after her interview time.

County Attorney Bill Montgomery says it's too soon to determine if Taylor will receive a prison term or face losing custody of her children.

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Like any busy mother, Shanesha Taylor was trying to do it all.

The 35-year-old Phoenix woman, who relies on food stamps, left her two children in her car last month during a job interview in Scottsdale.

That decision has led to Taylor being scheduled for arraignment Monday morning on two charges of child abuse.

But Taylor's booking mugshot, where tears are streaming down both her cheeks, has also won her supporters and donations.

A New Jersey woman set up a fundraising website for Taylor which has now collected nearly $90,000.

According to court documents, a witness on March 20 reported to police that Taylor's 2-year-old son and 6-month-old baby were unattended in the car.

Scottsdale firefighters say they found both children sweating profusely and hot air coming into the vehicle.

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