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Shanesha Taylor (file) Shanesha Taylor (file)
PHOENIX (KSAZ) -

It's a mug shot that sparked sympathy and suspicion -- a valley mother arrested for leaving her two young sons in a car while she was on a job interview.

Shanesha Taylor is facing child abuse charges, but her supporters submitted some 12,000 signatures to the county attorney, asking for the charges to be dropped.

Taylor has a lot of supporters, but there's also a vocal group out there who say she should be in jail.

Tuesday afternoon, supporters dropped off the signed petitions to the county attorney's office.  People from all over the country asked that the child abuse charges against Taylor be dropped.

"She was a mother that made a desperate choice because she was living in a desperate circumstance," said Rev. Jarrett Maupin, a political and civil rights activist.

While Taylor was at a job interview in Scottsdale last month, police say she left her 6-month-old and 2-year-old alone in a hot car for 45 minutes.  She told officers she was unemployed and couldn't get a babysitter.

"It is our position that Ms. Taylor is the victim of a system. An economic system that has affected her and her children," said Taylor's attorney, Benjamin Taylor.

Since her arrest, an online fundraiser has brought in more than $100,000. 

Taylor was expected to speak at an event Tuesday morning, but did not show up.  Her attorney advised her against speaking out and instead read this statement from her: "The love, compassion, and support of those of you around the world has been nothing less than phenomenal."

The attorney continued, "I read a message the other day that reminded.. it takes a village to raise a child.  Thank you all for being my village."

This week, Taylor's lawyer is expected to meet with the county attorney.

After his office was flooded with calls about the case, Bill Montgomery said, "Not a single communication that has come into this office as of yet has mentioned at all the position that those two young children were put in."

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