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Single Mom Who Left Kids in Car Receives $91K in Donations

What do you think: Negligent or Sympathetic?

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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.

While we are notoriously quick to rip other parents a new one, in this case people have rallied together to raise more than $91,000 on to help the unemployed single mom who depended on food stamps to feed her family.
Her children easily could have died because of her actions. At best Taylor faces losing custody of them. At worst, up to a seven-year prison term.
Does Taylor deserve a second chance?
People were decidedly less supportive in this case, in which a four-year-old was left unattended.