Mother Arrested After Leaving Her Kids To Go To Work Receives More Than $165,000 In Donations

by : Emily Brown on : 22 Feb 2021 18:54
Mother Arrested After Leaving Kids To Go To Work Receives Over $165,000 In DonationsTurnbull County Sheriff's Office/Facebook

More than $165,000 has been raised for a single mum who was arrested after leaving her children in a motel room so she could go to work. 

A GoFundMe page was set up in support of 24-year-old Shaina Bell, of Liberty Township, Ohio, after she was arrested last week and charged with two counts of misdemeanour child endangerment.


Bell told police she usually asks someone to check on her children every hour while she works, and she felt her elder daughter, who is 10, was old enough to stay with her two-year-old sister at the Motel 6 room where they live while she went to work down the street at a Little Caesars fast food restaurant.

Motel 6PA Images

The GoFundMe page aims to help Bell find permanent housing, and after members of the public heard her story hundreds of people came forward to donate.

At the time of writing, February 22, the fundraiser has now received more than $165,000 in donations from generous strangers looking to help.


Speaking to WKBN, per Fox 5 News, Bell explained that while people are ‘being there for [her] and showing great support,’ she has also been the target of some hurtful comments.

Shania BellTurnbull County Sheriff's Office

She continued:

I have over $100,000 in a GoFundMe account right now. I didn’t ask for that, but people gave it to me, and I’m just over appreciative to what’s going on.


Bell was released the day after she was arrested, and she has expressed her hopes to use the money raised through GoFundMe to buy a house for herself and her family.

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Emily Brown

Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.

Topics: Life, Fundraiser, gofundme, Ohio


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