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Phoenix mom facing abuse charges pleads not guilty

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Shanesha Taylor leaving court 4/7/14 - Credit: @lindawfox10 Shanesha Taylor leaving court 4/7/14 - Credit: @lindawfox10
Shanesha Taylor (file) Shanesha Taylor (file)

There are new developments surrounding the mother accused of leaving her children in a car while she went for a job interview.

35-year-old Shanesha Taylor was back in court Monday and pleaded not guilty to charges of child abuse.

Her children were taken by Child Protective Services on March 20 when Scottsdale police were called after the kids were discovered in the back of her car.

Taylor said little as she left Superior Court, though her representative from a communications firm did try to keep news photographers away.

"Could you.. come on, let him go.. that's good, you got plenty."

Taylor pleaded not guilty to two charges after she allegedly left her 2-year-old and 6-month-old children in her car while she went inside to do a job interview at an insurance company in Scottsdale.

"There's a reason being donated money because so many know what this is like and know what it's like to be a struggling mother or father or family and go through this and relate to her," said Amanda Bishop.

Bishop, who lives in New Jersey, doesn't know Taylor, but launched this fundraising page featuring Taylor's mug shot photo.

Money raised for Taylor has since ballooned to over $91,000, with donations coming from as far away as Belgium and London.

One woman wrote on the fundraising site, "Dear Shanesha, Don't give up. You are loved."

Also on the fundraising page, some who think Taylor doesn't deserve a dime of support and that people should get their money back.

"She has used it to basically get a place of her own.  This is a woman who has no history of criminal charges, no history of drug abuse," said Bishop.

Bishop says the money is sent in increments to an account for Taylor, who says she is grateful -- stunned and overwhelmed at the outpouring of support.

Taylor's public relations representative tells FOX 10 they will be hiring a private attorney to represent her in the child abuse case.  She's due back in court May 22.

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