It’s being reported that so far Shanesha Taylor has received over $99,000 in donations with help from a New Jersey good Samaritan named Amanda Bishop. Taylor was arrested last month for leaving her 2-year-old son and 6-month-old baby in her Dodge Durango while on an interview with a Scottsdale, Phoenix insurance company. According to media sources, the key to the vehicle was still in the ignition and the windows were rolled down an inch when a witness found the infant crying and sweating. Temperatures in the Durango exceeded 100 degrees.
Since Taylor’s story broke, reaction has been mixed. While some may label Taylor a child abuser, there are just as many, including Bishop, who commend the mother of two for trying to make a better life for herself and her kids. Prosecutors said that Taylor’s actions put her children in danger, it’s unclear if she will face time in jail or loose custody of her children.
Bishop said, “She could have been at a bar or at a club and leaving her children in the car. Here’s a woman who is an example of someone who is trying – who is trying to better her situation and doing what she can to provide for her children.”
For Bishop, Taylor’s situation struck a personal nerve. With her growing up with a family that did not have much money and a mother that sometimes had to make “not the greatest choices” in order to provide for her and her siblings, Bishop could relate to Taylor. Bishop’s goal was to raise $9,000 via Youcaring.com to pay for Taylor’s lawyer fees, her expectations far exceeded that number after the goal was reached in four days.