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Ariz. woman who left kids in car for interview back in court

Shanesha Taylor CBS affiliate KPHO

PHOENIX - A woman accused of leaving her kids in a hot car while she went to a job interview is back in a Phoenix courtroom.

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge is expected to decide Thursday morning if Shanesha Taylor will get custody of her two children.

Taylor is set to go on trial for child abuse charges.

She was arrested March 20 after bystanders reported seeing her 2-year-old and 6-month-old alone in her Dodge Durango in Scottsdale.

Authorities say the children were in the car for 45 minutes and the temperature inside was more than 100 degrees.

Taylor told investigators that she couldn't find a sitter and that she was homeless, however Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said an investigation revealed Taylor did have a home address and a job at the time.

"We've learned since that she actually had part-time employment, so she wasn't unemployed, and she actually had a residence listed, so she wasn't really homeless," Montgomery said, reports CBS affiliate KPHO.

The case has drawn sympathy from some who see Taylor as a single mother who was trying to get work. An online fundraising site has reportedly raised more than $114,000 for Taylor.

  • Crimesider Staff

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