Judge Bradley Astrowsk awarded Shanesha Taylor custody of her two children on Thursday, Aug. 28.
The mother of two-year-old and eight-month-old sons lost custody of her children in March following her arrest. Taylor was apprehended after leaving her children alone inside a Dodge Durango parked in front a Farmers Insurance office in Scottsdale, while she attended a job interview.
The Arizona mother signed a deferred prosecution agreement, which avoided jail time. Since then, Taylor has been holding up her end of the court document. In order to have a fighting chance of becoming a legal guardian to her children, Taylor was instructed to take parenting classes as well as create a childcare and education trust.
Last month prosecutors agreed to drop abuse charges upon completion of a diversion program.
Benjamin Taylor, Shanesha Taylor’s attorney, said, “We had an excellent hearing. The judge will return the children to Ms. Taylor.”
As for Ms. Taylor, she can finally have a sigh of relief. “I finally breathed,” she said. “I don’t think I breathed for three days before that.”
The hearing was roughly 20-minutes long and was closed to the public because adolescents were involved.
The 35-year-old who admitted to being jobless and—at times—homeless said her children’s homecoming will surely include ice cream.