Shanesha Taylor, the Arizona mother who was arrested after leaving her two kids in a car while she interviewed for a job, will have her case dismissed if she completes parenting and substance-abuse classes and establishes education and childcare trust funds for each of her three children.
“Based on all the facts and circumstances in this matter, we believe this agreement represents a just resolution that appropriately holds the defendant accountable for her actions while also recognizing the best interests of her family,” says County Attorney Bill Montgomery said in a statement. “The stipulations of this agreement also ensure that pledges of support from members of the public will have a meaningful and positive impact,” he adds.
The online community raised more than $114K to help with legal fees and other expenses. Taylor is required to put $30,000 in the trust for her kids.
If Taylor doesn’t meet the agreement’s terms – of which she has to submit proof – criminal charges will be reinstated. Taylor faced a minimum of two years probation for the two counts of child abuse.
Montgomery didn’t say whether he believed Taylor had a drug problem but did say it isn’t unusual to require substance-abuse classes in child abuse cases.
When Judge Joseph Welty asked Taylor if the deal was something she wanted to do, she simply replied, “Yes, your honor.”
“This is a beautiful resolution to a very long, very hard journey,” Taylor told reporters Friday morning, hours after entering the agreement.
Taylor’s children remain with family and under the supervision of the Division of Child and Family Services.