Shanesha Taylor, the homeless mom who made headlines for her arrest after leaving her kids in a car to attend a job interview, has been granted visitation.
The supervised visits of her two sons, ages 8 months and 2 years old, was granted by Phoenix, Arizona Commissioner Richard Nothwehr.
“This is a big victory for the defense,” said Taylor’s attorney Benjamin Taylor. “My client is looking forward to seeing her kids once again.”
Taylor’s story quickly garnered national attention, causing a debate on whether Taylor’s arrest and custody lost of her kids were necessary considering her personal circumstances. The 35-year-old mother, who was living in her car, said she left her sons because she did not have a babysitter. Despite her heart-wrenching story, Taylor was charged with felony abuse charges and her children were placed in the care of Child Protective Services.
The homeless mother’s story got even more attention when 24-year-old Amanda Bishop started a YouCaring.com fundraiser page to help Taylor get on her feet, as well as cover her legal fees. The page eventually raised more than $114,000.
Taylor’s case has shed light on a number of social and economic issues, including poverty, government assistance and high unemployment rates. She is also reportedly a veteran who served in the Air Force for several years before being honorably discharged.
Supporters have defended Taylor’s action as an act of desperation and one that should be used as an example to combat homelessness and chronic poverty in America.
Taylor was released from jail on March 31 on $9,000 bond. She pleaded not guilty to two felony charges and if found guilty, she faces a minimum of two years of probation for each count.
(Photo: Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office)