Last year, Shanesha Taylor was arrested after leaving her children in a car while she had a job interview in Scottsdale, Arizona. Shortly after her arrest, a GoFundMe was set up for Taylor and raised more than $100,000. On Friday, she was sentenced Friday to 18 years supervised probation and allowed to apply for interstate travel.
Taylor previously pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse in an effort to resolve a case that garnered national attention after her tearful mugshot was widely shared on the internet.
Taylor’s defense argued at her sentencing that the mother of four did not mean to hurt her children, and had made a bad judgment call.The lengthy probation sentence was handed down to ensure that Taylor’s children would be adults when she completed the terms.
But many see this as yet another slap in the face by the judicial system when it comes to black mothers.
What does the state have to gain by sentencing Taylor to 18 years probation? It’s just another way to waste resources, without remedying the problem that led to her actions.
Taylor previously missed two deadlines to contribute money to her children’s trust fund as part of a deferred prosecution agreement, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office reinstated the initial prosecution in October 2014.
Taylor said she did not want to pay because the agreement would restrict her children from the money unless they go to college.
Was the restrictions as set up for failure? Why would a restriction be placed on money that was donated to her by the courts? Now you have Taylor, who is without the money, and expected to survive with a criminal record and now get a job? Gotta love our system.
Clutchettes, do you think the sentencing is fair?