Ever truly been stuck between a rock and a hard place? And no, I'm not talking about a Rolling Stones tune, but that of Shanesha Taylor, who left her kids in the car so she could sit a job interview.
According to an article in Global, the 35-year-old Phoenix single mom claimed she had no one to mind her babies, so she left them in a hot car with the engine running and the windows down a crack with no air-conditioning running. (By babies, I mean literally a six-month-old baby and a two-year-old boy.)
While it wasn't her wisest move, the mom's torment is apparent in her mugshot. It's either this, she must have thought, or no future for her kids. She took the gamble.
When she returned to the car—an hour later—her baby was "crying hysterically and sweating profusely." The temperature inside the car apparently soared over 100 degrees.
Criminally negligent actions, there's no doubt. But also, somehow, sympathetic. Taylor's plight caused 24-year-old Amanda Bishop of New Jersey to set up a fundraising web page to give the woman a second chance. Taylor pleaded not guilty.