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This takes horrible to a whole different level:

A homeless Scottsdale, AZ woman was arrested and her children placed in protective custody after she left them in her car to go to a job interview. Think Progress reported that Shanesha Taylor, 35, left her two-year-old and six-month-old in the car with the windows cracked for 45 minutes because she didn’t have anywhere else to leave them.

When Taylor arrived back at the vehicle, she was arrested by police. Her children were handed over to Child Protective Services.

“She was upset,” said Scottsdale Police Sargent Mark Clark to WFSB. “This is a sad situation all around. She said she was homeless, she needed the job. Obviously, not getting the job. So it’s just a sad situation.”

Taylor was charged with two counts of felony child abuse.

There is a lot that is wrong here.

Forget for a moment that, yes, it is very dangerous to leave a toddler and a baby in a closed car in the Arizona heat even if it is only late March. Instead imagine this woman with her two children facing the prospect of living out of her car in the Arizona summer. Imagine trying to sit through – and focus on – an interview for a job that you must have because your kids are sitting out there and their future depends on you to – let’s not sugarcoat it – get that job.

Then you come back out to your car, only to be arrested, jailed, have your kids taken away from you, your hope for that job snatched away, and now you face the possibility of prison time and losing custody of your kids.

The picture of Shanesha Taylor with tears running down her face is what that looks like. It’s the look of having lost everything, of having hit rock bottom.

It’s the face of a world without hope




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Clearly we need to put contraceptives in the water supply, only when you have bought your own house will you be allowed to have children.

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I wonder whether she would have "got away with it" if she was a little lighter in colour?

America should be praising a woman like that, not arresting her! :blink:

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Yeah, got me, I'm weeping.

Edit: what's happening with #Yashica ? Signed her petition, didn't have time to go to the protests :rolleyes: .

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The woman is trying to do the best she can in a terrible situation. The American dream?

+1 mate! She seems a real "fighter" :(

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