EDISON - A Phoenix woman arrested after leaving her two kids in a hot vehicle during a job interview is fighting to clear her name in court, with the support of a New Jersey woman who has raised nearly $100,000 to help her effort.
Unemployed and on food stamps, Shanesha Taylor went to the job interview last month at a Scottsdale insurance company.
The 35-year-old wasn't able to find a sitter, so she left her 2-year-old son and 6-month old baby in her SUV with the key still in the ignition and the windows rolled down an inch.
Court documents say Scottsdale firefighters found hot air coming into the car and both children sweating profusely.
Taylor was arrested after returning to the vehicle on two charges of child abuse. Her tearful mugshot later caught the attention of 24-year-old Amanda Bishop of New Jersey.
Bishop said she was inspired to set up a fundraising web page for Taylor because she could relate to growing up in a family that doesn't have a lot of money.
Taylor pleaded not guilty Monday at her arraignment.
AP wire services contributed to this report.