Tom Tingle, AP

Shanesha Taylor, the Arizona mother who was arrested after leaving her two kids in a car while she interviewed for a job, will have her case dismissed if she completes parenting and substance-abuse classes and establishes education and childcare trust funds for each of her three children.

“Based on all the facts and circumstances in this matter, we believe this agreement represents a just resolution that appropriately holds the defendant accountable for her actions while also recognizing the best interests of her family,” says County Attorney Bill Montgomery said in a statement. “The stipulations of this agreement also ensure that pledges of support from members of the public will have a meaningful and positive impact,” he adds.

The online community raised more than $114K to help with legal fees and other expenses. Taylor is required to put $30,000 in the trust for her kids.

If Taylor doesn’t meet the agreement’s terms – of which she has to submit proof – criminal charges will be reinstated. Taylor faced a minimum of two years probation for the two counts of child abuse.

Montgomery didn’t say whether he believed Taylor had a drug problem but did say it isn’t unusual to require substance-abuse classes in child abuse cases.

When Judge Joseph Welty asked Taylor if the deal was something she wanted to do, she simply replied, “Yes, your honor.”

“This is a beautiful resolution to a very long, very hard journey,” Taylor told reporters Friday morning, hours after entering the agreement.

Taylor’s children remain with family and under the supervision of the Division of Child and Family Services.

Read more at The Republic.

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  • I am glad that she is not in prison now. That is great news. Obviously, her intention was not malicious or vindictive. She wanted to provide for her family, which is compassionate on her part. We should always be careful since the prison industrial complex continues to harm our people (it has harmed both the Brothers and the Sisters). Likewise, I am glad that she can move forward with her life. A trust fund that can help her children is a great thing. I wish blessings for her and her children.

  • G

    What a relief! This should not have happened to this woman in the first place . . . but it is now behind her.
    Onward and upward, the future awaits.

  • Primmest Plum

    How wonderful! I hope nothing but good comes from this for her and her children.

  • I’m happy that there is a resolution to the case, but I’m kinda thrown back that they would make her set-up a trust unless the amount is something affordable. There are a lot of parents who can’t afford to set-up a trust or don’t have to do that. I worry that she may not be able to secure employment unless the case is dismissed against her because of the background. However, this is probably the best deal she could get considering the severity of child abuse charges. I pray that her little ones are happy, healthy and undamaged by being in CPS care.