|Homeless mother was spared the iron college after she left her children in the vehicle. There was an outcry to how the Arizona justice system managed to punish a Black mom while a White mom got off with probation after she left her child on top of a vehicle.|
This leaving children and pets in a hot vehicle has gotten major attention after a Georgia father done it to his own son. The prosecutors are trying to prove that Mark Wilson was busy sexting and flirting online with women while his own son Justin sat in a car for hours. This story is gaining national attention after the father managed to build up this crazy albeit about how he "tried" to save his son and all. Wilson will be facing the gas chamber if he's found guilty in the death of his son.
We here at Journal de la Reyna send our condolences to Justin.
Remember some time ago a woman was charged with two felonious assault charges for leaving her two little children in a hot car while she was looking for a job. She got a break. Although she still has no job, her freedom from the iron college is pretty damn good.
The Associated Press reports that Shanesha Taylor, who faced being tried on two felony child abuse charges, said gratitude was the only thing she felt.
"I'm grateful for the offer that was extended to me and the opportunity to resolve this situation as well as to show my intentions," said Taylor, who shed a few tears while standing outside the courthouse.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said his office and the 35-year-old mother of three have an agreement under which he'll dismiss the charges against her if she meets several conditions.
Those include completing parenting and substance abuse treatment programs and establishing education and child care trust funds for her children.
Authorities arrested Taylor after bystanders in Scottsdale reported seeing her two sons alone in her car in March. Taylor told police that she wasn't able to find a baby sitter for the boys, who were 2 years and 6 months old at the time. The third child was in school at the time of the incident.
|A look into two cases. One that made national attention and one that was swept under the rug. The Phoenix New Times managed to expose the racial bias in how Arizona sentence reckless mothers.|
While Montgomery has said his focus was on how the children were treated, Taylor drew sympathy from people who saw her as a single mother trying to get work.
An online fundraising website set up by a New Jersey woman brought in more than $114,000 in donations for her, according to Taylor's attorney.
Taylor, who declined to answer questions from reporters, thanked supporters who sent cards and money. She has since used some of the money to secure a new place to live, her lawyer said.
"You helped make today possible for me. You gave me life," Taylor said. "You provided a future for my children. I truly appreciate you."
Montgomery called the agreement a "just resolution" that holds Taylor accountable while serving the best interests of her family.
Taylor, who previously pleaded not guilty to the charges, appeared in court Friday for what had been scheduled as a settlement conference.
Judge Joseph Welty of Maricopa County Superior Court accepted the agreement but warned Taylor that it included an admission that she had endangered her children. That admission could be used against her if the case ends up being prosecuted in the future, Welty said.
Taylor, who spoke little during the proceeding, acknowledged she understood what the judge said.
In May, a court commissioner granted her visits with both children under the supervision of a Child Protective Services worker. She has been able to maintain steady visits since then, Taylor's defense lawyer Benjamin Taylor said. The two are not related.
Benjamin Taylor called the outcome a "win-win situation" for all parties.
"Justice doesn't always have to mean punishment," he said.
Benjamin Taylor said the deal calls for her to attend 26 weekly parenting classes. He said the screening for possible substance abuse programs is standard protocol. His client does not have any substance problems, he added.
"Ms. Taylor has requirements to meet also and she will meet those requirements so that way her case will be dismissed," Benjamin Taylor said.