Ariz. mother who left kids in hot car pleads guilty

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PHOENIX (AP) – A Phoenix woman who left her two young sons alone in a hot car during a job interview has pleaded guilty to felony child abuse.

The plea deal between Shanesha Taylor and prosecutors calls for her to serve 10 years of probation, undergo parenting classes and pay an unspecified amount in restitution.

Taylor attracted sympathy from around the nation after her tear-stained mug shot went viral. Her story of trying to get a job but not being able to find child care resonated with the public, and she received more than $114,000 in donations to her through an online site.

But she became the target of backlash after she missed deadlines to fund a trust for her children and questions arose about where the money went.

By JACQUES BILLEAUD, Associated Press

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