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“The money is gone!” Teary mugshot drew $114K in donations, but prosecutors have taken back their deal

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PHOENIX (WITI/CNN) — She could have had all of the charges against her dropped — but now, prosecutors have taken back their deal.

Shanesha Taylor (Photo: Scottsdale Police Department)

Shanesha Taylor (Photo: Scottsdale Police Department)

You may remember Shanesha Taylor.

Taylor received $114,000 in donations after people saw her teary mugshot when she was arrested on March 20th — after leaving her two sons in her hot car for about 45 minutes while she interviewed for a job.

Civil rights activitst Rev. Jarrett Maupin, who led the charge to support Taylor following her arrest — now says he’s done.

He says after helping to broker the “deal of a lifetime” with prosectuors — where there would be no charges if Taylor attended drug and parenting classes and put some of the money given to her into a trust for her children, Taylor has not followed through.

Maupin says he lined up numerous job interviews for Taylor in the hotel, restaurant and retail industries. Interviews he says she never showed up for.

“She didn’t go to the interviews, didn’t return calls, wasn’t interested in the kind of jobs we were able to bring to the table for her. This was someone who had no job at all,” Maupin said.

And that’s not all.

Taylor missed the deadline for putting the $40,000 into a trust fund for her children.

So where is the money?

“The money is gone. It’s been spent. It’s been wasted on designer clothes, Michael Kors. We want to see the bank statements because we see her in designer jeans, and we understand that she paid for studio time for her baby daddy’s rap career. I am flabbergasted by that,” Maupin said.

Maupin says they have reports that Taylor spent $6,000 on studio time for the father of her children. He believes that the once-estranged father came back only after Taylor had the donated money.

Maupin says he couldn’t be more disappointed in Taylor.

“I just hope we haven’t spoiled that goodwill throughout the country because there is going to be someone else that is going to need help,” Maupin said.

Prosecutors have now taken back their deal, and Taylor is facing charges. Meanwhile, some of her supporters say they want their money back, and her private lawyers have quit.

Taylor has been assigned a public defender, and she’s set to stand trial for December 10th.

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