Felony Child Abuse Charges Filed Against Homeless Shanesha Taylor
Shanesha Taylor was arrested on felony child abuse charges after Scottsdale police discovered her two kids, aged 2 years old and 6 months old, in a locked car.
Via AZ Central reports:
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said Wednesday he will move forward with the felony child- abuse prosecution of Shanesha Taylor, the jobless mom whose Scottsdale arrest has drawn national attention and prompted calls for Taylor to receive assistance rather than punishment.
Shanesha Taylor’s lawyer, Benjamin Taylor, said Tuesday at a news conference that he had scheduled an appointment with Montgomery for Friday, but Montgomery’s spokesman, Jerry Cobb, said nothing had been confirmed.
On Tuesday, a Change.org petition with 12,000 names calling for Montgomery to drop the charges was delivered to his Phoenix office.
“First, they weren’t signatures; they were just a list of names,” Montgomery said, referring to a printout from the website. “So I don’t know whether any of the individuals in their pajamas who logged on to the site and put their name on there really had a clue of all the circumstances involved in this particular case.
“The ‘quote-unquote’ letter addressed to me didn’t mention any of the circumstances that presented those children with jeopardy.”
He continued: “And a quick review of the pages themselves, there are roughly 30 signatures, or 30 names, listed on each page, and in some of these instances, we had to go 10 pages before we found someone who lived in Arizona, let alone in Maricopa County.”
Taylor was released from jail March 31 on $9,000 bond and has been indicted on two felony counts. Her children were examined at a hospital the day of her arrest and released as uninjured. They are now with family, and under the supervision of the Division of Child and Family Services. Should she face prison time?