[UPDATED March 29, 2014] More than $45,000 has accumulated in a fund to aid a 35 year-old Scottsdale, Ariz. woman who remains in a Maricopa County, Ariz. jail on child abuse charges for leaving her children in a locked car during a March 21.
Shanesha Taylor became the object of an online fundraising drive after she was arrested March 21 after allegedly leaving her two young children in a hot car while she interviewed for a job in Scottsdale.
The online fundraiser was organized by Amanda Bishop, 24, on Facebook and is being collected through YouCaring.com, a free online fundraising website that accepts contributions made through PayPal and WePay.
Maricopa County Sheriff officials told CBS5 that Taylor is likely to stay in custody until her first court hearing, scheduled for March 31, while her sons, 2 years old and six months old, remain in child protective services.
A witness called police after hearing a crying child inside a vehicle parked in an office complex parking lot about 12:30 p.m. March 21 AZFamily.com reported.
The witness told police that the children were inside the vehicle parked directly in the sun, with the engine off, the doors closed and the four windows only slightly open.
Police said Taylor returned to the vehicle about 45 minutes later, according to CBS5.
KPHO reported that Taylor told a Scottsdale police officer that she had just finished a job interview and didn't have anyone to watch her children.