There was an update to this case:
In a nutshell, "the child abuses charges were dropped and, after being cleared by protective services, Taylorís children were returned to her." However, as part of the condition for dropping these charges, Shanesha Taylor was barred from accessing donations raised through the crowdsourcing for her legal fees and other expenses. She was also ordered to put the funds (only $40,000 of the $70,000 total (originally $114,000 total - but after taxes)) into a trust for the children, which can only accessed if the children ever choose to go to college (Source
However, she apparently missed the deadline to put money into a trust fund for her kids, and instead spent $6,000 at a music studio in Tempe to finish her "baby daddy's" rap album (according to someone who alerted her attorney). Her bank statements also show she spent the money on Michael Kors and designer jeans. Civil rights activist Rev. Jarrett Maupin, who led the charge to support Taylor following her arrest ó now says heís done. 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 (Source
). However, Jarrett Maupin himself has been accussed of extortion for political donations by Taylor - so I am not sure who is believable here.
In her defense, "three jobs (total) have been actually offered to her, two were part-time positions with pay that would not even cover the cost of rent let alone childcare and the third was an hour and a half away, and required her to be at work at a time before her daycare facility opened." This article
does a great job of presenting the other side of her story.
In the meantime, Taylor is using social media, once again looking for public donations to pay for her legal expenses, and she has not yet found a job (Source
). Really confusing situation, and it is difficult to tell who is being honest about what.