I wrote about her story here. My heart went out to her. I felt sorry for her. I defended her. I sympathized her, and she fooled me. Unfortunately she fooled a whole lot of other people as well. But the difference between me and them is the fact that she didn't get one dime of my hard earned money!
Shanesha Taylor, the Arizona mom battling charges for allegedly leaving her children in a hot car while she went to a job interview, will now be represented by a public defender.
Taylor's other two attorneys were allowed to withdraw from the case after both lawyers said that there had been a breakdown in communication and trust between them and the defendant.
Benjamin Taylor, who is not related to the defendant, said that he had an ethical conflict with the Phoenix mom, and John Agra, who had been representing Shanesha Taylor for only a few days, said that he had not been paid.
Taylor is still facing felony child abuse charges after failing to meet the deadlines that prosecutors gave her to put money into a trust fund for her children. Taylor had two separate deadlines for putting money into the fund and avoiding charges, but she missed both. Taylor said she didn't put the money in because her children would not have been able to access the money if they did not attend college. Obviously Taylor does not have high expectations for her children.
But as her narrative continues, unflattering stories about Taylor and her attitude since her arrest for leaving her two young sons in the car have surfaced.
A minister who was helping Taylor said that the mom was wasting opportunities presented to her, "squandering ... goodwill", he said
"I got a lot of calls and made a lot of calls to people that are at the helm of hotels and restaurant chains and other businesses locally here ... so she could find full-time employment," the Rev. Jarrett Maupin said, "only to have her not show up for the interviews."
Other supporters, as well as her attorney, received job offers on her behalf, but Taylor reportedly turned her back on each and every opportunity because, Maupin said. Taylor's reason, it wasn't the kind of work she wanted to do, even though most of the offers were in hospitality, the field she preferred, and offered good wages.
"This is someone that was looking for anything right, at least according to the statement she made to the media and to the public and to the people supporting her, but there were umpteen opportunities for her to become fully employed," Maupin added in his blistering commentary.
Maupin believes that Taylor's supposed inability to pay legal fees goes to show that she spent all of the money, more than $100,000, that Internet supporters donated. "You can't have what she claims to have, $72,000 left of the money, and be declared indigent," he said. "That is just impossible ... that money is gone.
"I think the public's charity spicket has been closed tight, and for good reason," he said. "People are sometimes cynical about our country, but truly the nation opened up its heart to Shanesha in a way I've never seen them do before for people in similar circumstances, and she squandered that goodwill."
Prosecutors charged that Taylor was spending more than $4,000 a month on non-essential items, and now a former supporter of hers says she even spent some dough on a rap album.
"We had someone call my office and alert her attorney to the fact that she spent $6,000 at a music studio in Tempe to finish her baby daddy's rap album," Reverend Maupin went on to say. "That's not what people gave her that money for."