Homeless Mom Faces Charges In School Enrollment

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) _ A homeless 33-year-old woman is scheduled to make her first court appearance after being charged with enrolling her son in Norwalk schools by using her babysitter’s address.

Tonya McDowell told police she was living in a van and occasionally sleeping at a Norwalk shelter or a friend’s Bridgeport apartment when she enrolled her 6-year-old at Norwalk’s Brookside Elementary.

McDowell was charged with larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny when she was arrested April 14. Police say she stole $15,686 worth of educational services from Norwalk, and should have enrolled her son in Bridgeport.

McDowell is scheduled for arraignment Wednesday in Norwalk Superior Court.
The founder of the Meriden-based Connecticut Parents’ Union education lobbying group has launched a fundraising drive to help McDowell, whose case has drawn widespread attention.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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