Arizona mom Shanesha Taylor has dominated the headlines as prosecutors work to bring her to justice for misusing monetary donations she received from public supporters. They claim the single mother of a 2-year-old and 6-year-old used the funds to help finance her baby daddy’s rap album.
Earlier this year, Taylor, 43, was charged with felony abuse after it was established that she left her kids in the car while attending a job interview. At the time of the incident, Taylor was homeless and asserted that she had no other alternative. Once her story went public, she was immediately inundated with donations from a crowdfunding campaign that was set up on her behalf – and about $114,700 was raised.
But she is now being challenged for not putting at least $40,000 of that money in a trust fund for her children. She was ordered to so in order to avoid jail time but there is no proof that she has complied. Prosecutors have accused her of using the most of the money on things that don’t meet the requirements of delegation.
Once it was revealed that she supposedly spent $6,000 at a music studio in Tempe, in an effort to help her baby daddy’s project, she became a marked target.
Taylor denies all the allegations and insists that the money she received has been used to cover outstanding bills, babysitting services, rent deposits, household items, and basic living expenses including utility bills. She also expressed in a statement that she was offered a few jobs but had to turn them down because they were not “viable options”. She also goes on to refute the claims that she gave the father of children money for his album. She describes their relationship as co-parents and how he is still seeking a job that pays him enough to be of assistance.
Taylor is expected to appear in court in December, but in the meantime she continues to struggle to find ways to support herself and her kids. She is in the process of trying to raise money again.