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Updated Apr 7, 2014 - 4:53 pm

Thousands raised for mom who left children in car during job interview

PHOENIX -- A New Jersey woman is coming to the aid of a Valley mom who is in trouble with the law.

Amanda Bishop is trying to help 35-year-old Shanesha Shaine Taylor, who is facing two counts of child abuse after police found her two children unattended inside a car. It was parked outside of a Scottsdale office where Taylor was interviewing for a job.

When Bishop heard the story, she checked out Taylor on Facebook.

"Her Facebook was full of pictures of her children, and posts about her children," said Bishop. "She was constantly praising how much she loved being a mother. That confirmed to me that she wasn't a bad mother, she just made a terrible mistake in a dire situation."

So she decided to set up a website that, so far, has raised over $91,000 for Taylor, who claims she's homeless.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery isn't so sure about that. Taylor's arraignment is scheduled Monday morning.

"In a Form 4 there is an address for her, and there is an indication on that form that she was not homeless," Montgomery said during a news conference last week. A Form 4 is filled out by the arresting officer and turned in to prosecutors.

Bishop reacted to Montgomery's comments during an appearance on KTAR's Arizona's Morning News Weekend show on Saturday.

"It's ridiculous that people are trying to turn this into a politically correct thing for Shanesha that she had an address," said Bishop. "I don't know whether she was living on a park bench, or if she was between homes, or if she was staying with family or what have you. Regardless, she did not have her own home. She had children. She had herself. She was staying somewhere that was not her own home. She is, by all means, homeless."

Bishop said that she can relate to Taylor's situation. "I am staying with a friend myself in North Jersey until I try to figure out my living situation. I would consider myself homeless."

On the website, Bishop is calling her efforts to raise money for Taylor "an experience that I will truly cherish for the rest of my life."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

About the Author

Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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