PHOENIX — A Phoenix woman accused of leaving her children in a hot car while she went on a job interview missed Monday's deadline to establish a $60,000 trust fund for her children and now wants to contribute a smaller amount.
Shanesha Taylor was in court to discuss why she hasn't funded the education and child care funds, which was required as part of an agreement to keep her out of jail.
Taylor, 35, told a judge in a settlement conference that she's concerned about putting $60,000 into the trust fund because she still hasn't found a job to support her kids and may need to tap into that money.
She argued that the required amount was too much and requested it be reduced to $35,000.
People donated more than $114,000 after seeing Taylor's teary mug shot when she was arrested March 20 after leaving her two young sons in her car for about 45 minutes while she interviewed for a job with a Scottsdale insurance company.
Authorities said the temperature inside the car exceeded 100 degrees.
Taylor told investigators she didn't have anyone to watch her then 2-year-old and 8-month-old sons.
She regained custody of her children in August and Maricopa County prosecutors agreed to dismiss abuse charges against the single mother if she successfully completed a 26-week diversion program and set up the trust funds.
A Superior Court judge asked Taylor on Monday if she would be willing to show the state her bank records so authorities can determine whether she has made big purchases and if it is necessary to renegotiate the agreement.
Taylor told the judge that the money is in her mother's bank account and her mom may not want her to disclose the records.
She then suggested funding the accounts with $35,000 instead of the $60,000 previously agreed.
If prosecutors decide to allow another agreement, they will meet Wednesday to hash out the details.
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