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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A single mother is nearly $100,000 richer after she was arrested and charged with child abuse.

People across the country have rallied behind 35-year-old Shanesha Taylor after she allegedly left her two children, a six-month-old and two year-old, inside a hot car while she went on a job interview. 

Some believe the Arizona woman was just trying her best to provide for her children.

"Being a single parent, sometimes you have to put yourself in situations that you don't want to be in," Terica Holloway, a single mother of three.

Holloway is one of the many supporters of Taylor. She said being a single parent can be difficult.

"I wouldn't do it, but the situation she was in, she had to do what she had to do," Holloway declares.

"As a society, this does happen more than we want it to," says Dr. Kaizad Shroff of Rivertown Psychiatry.

Shroff says that many times, single parents become overwhelmed, and end up making mistakes.  

"They have to take care of the house. They have to look for a job to pay for everything, and then tie everything together. Single parents are under a lot of pressure, and society over the last few years has been moving there," Dr. Shroff said.

According to kidscount.org, in 2012, nearly 25 million children were being raised in single parent homes in the United States, up by over two million since 2008. 

"It's like a vicious cycle," Dr. Shroff added.

Supporters have rallied behind Taylor donating thousands towards helping with legal cost, and child care. 
     
"It's always good to have a support system, no matter what," Holloway said.
     
Some say she should have used better judgement.

"The single parent is under tremendous stress. Now, one cannot condone the fact that she left her kids alone in the car, and no way are we saying that's okay, but one can sympathize with the fact that she really doesn't have too many options," Dr. Shroff said.

The online fundraiser, started by a complete stranger, has garnered nearly $100,000 in donations.

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