Homeless Mother Arrested for Leaving Kids in Car During Job Interview

With many people unemployed, homeless and living out of their vehicles in America there’s really no telling how often something like this happens. As if being homeless with children isn’t tough enough, I imagine for many folks with similar situations like Shanesha Taylor the moral dilemma of what to do with the kids before a job interview makes things harder.

This from CBS 5:

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – It’s unclear if an Arizona mom got the job she was interviewing for, but after a witness found her children, ages 2 years and 6 months in a hot car outside, she now faces child abuse charges.


Scottsdale police said a witness heard a crying child inside a Dodge Durango parked in an office complex parking lot at 9700 N. 91st St. in Scottsdale about 12:30 p.m. Thursday. The woman reported to police the two young children were inside the vehicle parked directly in the sun, with the engine off, the doors closed and each of the four windows were just slightly open.


The mother, Shanesha Taylor, 35, returned to the vehicle about 45 minutes later and told the officer she had just finished a job interview and did not have anyone to watch her children.


“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.


She was arrested and booked into jail for child abuse.

This is a tough and very sad situation indeed. I mean, what was she supposed to do? Of course I can hear many of you saying that what she did was irresponsible. But, again, what was she supposed to do? The easy answer would be to take the children along with her on the job interview. But, in a society that hardly gives comfort to working mothers, do you really think that any mother at a job interview with a6-month-old and a 2-year-old would be accommodated or even welcomed?

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Being homeless is hard; but being homeless with children is even harder. Having volunteered at a homeless shelter a time or two, I can tell you that there are many women who make tough choices like Shanesha Taylor daily. And it isn’t just women because there are entire homeless families in shelters who deny themselves meals just to be able to feed their children while on the job hunt. But hey, maybe Shanesha Taylor should’ve decided to sell crack and collect a welfare check instead of trying to work. I mean, *I’m only suggesting this as an option because that’s what responsible people do for their families, right?

This from Green Doors:

  • Homeless families comprise roughly 34% of the total U.S. homeless population
  • Approximately 1.6 million children will experience homelessness over the course of a year. In any given day, researchers estimate that more than 200,000 children have no place to live
  • People counted in the single adult homeless population (about 2.3-3.5 million annually) are also part of families:
    • Among all homeless women, 60% have children under age 18, but only 65% of them live with at least one of their children
    • Among all homeless men, 41% have children under age 18, but only 7% live with at least one of their children

Who are homeless families?

The typical sheltered homeless family is comprised of a mother in her late twenties with two children.

  • 84% of families experiencing homelessness are female-headed. This is due to a number of factors:
    • Most single-parent families are female-headed (71%). Single-parent families are among the poorest in the nation and as such, are extremely vulnerable to homelessness
    • Many family shelters do not accept men into their programs, causing families to separate when they become homeless
  • Families of color are overrepresented in the homeless population. Nationally:
    • 43% are African-American
    • 15% are Hispanic
    • 38% are White, non Hispanic
    • 3% are Native American
  • Families experiencing homelessness usually have limited education:
    • 53% of homeless mothers do not have a high school diploma
  • 29% of adults in homeless families are working
  • 42% of children in homeless families are under age six