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Shanesha Taylor’s mugshot went viral last year after the single mother was arrested for leaving her two young children in a car while she went on a job interview. After her story was told, a crowdfunding campaign raised over $110, 000 in donations so she could get her life together.

Unfortunately, it seems as though the court system has other things in mind for Taylor and her children’s lives.

During Taylor’s initial hearing, the court mandated that she set aside the money donate and to put it into trusts for her children, but Taylor stated that she needed some of the money to live. When she failed to put $60,000 into a trust, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office reinstated prosecution against Taylor in October 2014.

On Monday, Taylor pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse and received 10 years probation and is now required to pay the courts $100,000 in restitution.

According to AZ Central,  child abuse is “a class 6 felony and domestic-violence offense.”

Taylor will be sentenced on May 15, and is facing up to 10 years of supervised probation and restitution of $100,000.

Image Credit: AZ Central 

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  • PurpNGold1

    I don’t know if the rumors about Ms. Taylor spending the money unwisely are true; but even if it is this prosecution is a joke. Real justice would be offering her a deal for a couple years probation, random checks from CPS, and mandatory parenting classes. But I feel positive the judge will go above and beyond to make an example out of her by giving her an overly harsh punishment.

    • ALM247

      Yes. The punishment mentality from the plantation is alive and well. It takes a special kind of cold heartedness to make an example out of a woman who was on a job interview trying to do the legally and morally right thing.

      There are a lot of people of all races out here doing the wrong thing, but the harshest punishments seem to frequently fall on those who are trying to be honest.

  • Charlisia Nwachukwu

    See I am torn here… One one hand I am pissed at what she spent the money on.. one thing being her BF’s rap career.And I agree her focus should be been on never having to leave her kids alone or sleep in the car again.. or rather for a while. But on the other hand.. is anyone telling white people who get donations how to spend their money. Anyone who gets “Free Cash” is prone to blow it.. look at all the lottery winnners. If it is customary to have a court in order in these cases .. then its fair but if its some how just for her… I call bull shit.

    • ALM247

      Your comment is very accurate. It seems as if she was set up in some way throughout this process.

      I don’t know how she spent the money, but as you pointed out, no one is telling these other folks how to spend their money. Someone just mentioned that people like Darren Wilson have raised over a hundred thousand dollars online after shooting unarmed people, and Darren Wilson has not been forced to allocate his money in any specific way.

    • Actually she never spent money on her boyfriend’s rap career. Those allegations came from a crooked preacher.

    • As someone who is familiar w/the case..and with Shanesha & the woman who started the fundraiser for her…she never spent money on a ‘boyfriend’s rap career’..those allegations came from a corrupt politician/preacher who got upset w/her because she would not donate more money to him.

    • Charlisia Nwachukwu

      oh really. I stand corrected. Being that you are familiar.. why did they feel the need to mandate how she spent the money. I mean its 100K not million. I imagine she may have a lot of debt. With my student loans that 100k would not make me “well off”.

  • ALM247

    Wow, this is near tragic. I had been rooting for her to start school or to begin a job so that she could secure solid employment.

    We still don’t know whether the rumors about her allocating money to her boyfriend for studio time were true. That could be a lie.

    I immediately wonder if the court clearly laid out that she had to set aside 60k by a specific date. This entire case was handled shady from the beginning, and I wonder if they sent her something in the mail two days before the due date and then charged her with non-compliance.

    There were a few people on the original post who saw this deal with the court as a set up from the beginning. Unfortunately, they may have been correct.

  • Anthony

    How on earth is making a single, working class mother plead guilty to a felony, and placing her in debt to the tune of $100,000 good for her or her family? For those who actually give a damn, Shanesha Taylor’s treatment is a clear indication that using the “Justice” system to impoverish and ensnare black people is not just a quirky anachronism found in Ferguson, Missouri, it is a nationwide policy.