Mar 26 2014

Action Needed: Shanesha Taylor Needs Support Not Jail….

Update #3 (3/28/14 -2:30 p.m. central): Shanesha’s family has posted bail. However I am informed that she will not be released from jail until Monday (3/31). I have no idea why this is the case.

Shanesha Taylor (2014)

Shanesha Taylor (2014)

Yesterday, a twitter follower shared the following link describing Shanesha Taylor’s plight.

Ms. Taylor left her two children ages 2 and 6 months old in her car while she interviewed for a job. She told police that she didn’t have access to any childcare.

“She was upset. 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,” said Scottsdale Police Sergeant Mark Clark.

Shanesha was arrested and jailed for child abuse. She is facing two felony charges. Her children were put into the custody of child protective services.

As of now, through the excellent investigative work of Twitter user @lifeandmorelife, we know that Shanesha is still in jail. An email from Amanda Bishop who has organized a fundraising drive for Shanesha offers the following additional information:

Shanesha has been in jail over a week. She will be out within the next few days when her bail is done by her family. I do not know if the family would like me sharing any information regarding the jail she is at.

She has plans to get a specific lawyer when she is out. Her children are with family


Ms. Bishop also responded to a question about where the funds raised would be directed:

“All money from this fundraiser is deposited into a bank account of Shaneshas mother. The money is currently being used to bail her out. The money collected afterwards will be used for the care of herself and her children.”

Here is a local report where Ms. Bishop is quoted about the case here. In addition, I have been in regular email communication with Amanda. She took this on as a stranger to Shanesha and is currently being overwhelmed with emails. Please be considerate of her time. She is getting inundated with emails and questions.

There is currently no more information available. @lifeandmorelife and I would like to encourage everyone who wants to support Shanesha to please donate to the fundraiser for now. You can also continue to spread the word about this story through your networks. A newsreport about this story is here.

We have been in touch with some folks based in Arizona, are gathering more information, and will provide updates as they become available.

Update #1 (4:30 p.m. central)
Shanesha is still in jail at this point. I was able to learn that she has a hearing scheduled on Thursday at 8:30 am. Perhaps, she’ll be able to make bail at that point. Please keep donating to the fundraiser.

Update #2 (5:30 central, 3/27/14): HERE. I’ve been in touch with Shanesha’s family. They are profoundly grateful for all of the support.


As Andrew Tosh has said “poverty is a crime” [in more ways than one].

  • By Jake, March 27, 2014 @ 6:27 am

    Fuck this. I’m so fucking sick of the our prison culture. If it was difficult to get a job before, just wait until she has 2 felonies under her belt. And over nothing too! The police should fucking do something useful with our tax dollars, like arrest criminals, not struggling poor people.

  • By lida martin, March 27, 2014 @ 7:17 pm

    Please drop the charges and give her kids back

  • By Nshine, March 28, 2014 @ 7:59 am

    My heart is so broken for Nesha and her kids… I met Nesha when she was in the military with my brother overseas. Sometimes good people fall on hard times and this is definitely he case here.

  • By Lauren, March 30, 2014 @ 11:56 am

    A homeless veteran with two children trying to get a job is being treated this way? I cannot bear the painful look on her face, this is a horrible case of injustice and should never happen in this day and age. I am so sorry this has happened to Nesha and her family.

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