A homeless mother arrested for enrolling her son in the wrong school district is set to make her first court appearance.

Prosecutors say 33-year-old Tanya McDowell stole more than $15,000 worth of education by using her babysitter’s Norwalk address to enroll her 6-year-old there. She is scheduled for arraignment Wednesday in Norwalk on a larceny charge.

McDowell told police she was living in her van and sleeping at a Norwalk shelter or a friend’s Bridgeport apartment when she enrolled her son in Norwalk last fall.

He now lives with relatives and attends school in Bridgeport, a significantly poorer district. Prosecutors say that was McDowell’s most recent address, he should have been enrolled there.

Connecticut education officials say they are unaware of similar arrests in the state in recent history.


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