Homeless woman faces 20 years for enrolling her kid in school

A Connecticut mother who says she wanted to give her son a better education will be arraigned on Wednesday on charges for enrolling the 6-year-old in another town, sparking outrage and support from people nationwide.

Tanya McDowell, a 33-year-old homeless woman whose last known address was in Bridgeport, Conn, is scheduled to be arraigned on charges of larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny for allegedly stealing $15,686 from Norwalk schools. Prosecutors allege that figure is the value of her son's education at Norwalk's Brookside Elementary School between the time he was illegally enrolled in January and McDowell's arrest on April 14. If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in prison.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/04/25/arrest-homeless-connecticut-woman-enrolling-son-school-illegally-sparks-debate/#ixzz1KftASGcM


Anonymous said...

yeah well just what we need another kid in a home somewhere costing people that way...and later on, perhaps committing crimes because he's been traumatized seeing his mother suffering so much on his behalf, and then perhaps having to visit her in prison... when he's old enough to be allowed in. Come on... Isn't that really a bit steep for a mother who wants her son to do well and be a pillar of this country instead of slogging off it? How about if the school system where he was supposed to go transferred the money they'd have paid for him to go there, and have her do volunteer work for the schools there or something along THAT line? Where is GOD in this country?

Station Six Underground said...

The school gets state-aid too, for every day that kid sat in one of their classrooms. SO it's not like they actually "lost" that money.

And then they turn around and try to justify their heavy-handed injustice by pointing out that the mother has been arrested for pot and once for robbery. So anyone who has made a mistake and isn't a pillar of the community is open to be raped by the justice system now? Is that what liberty and freedom has come to? What the hell country am I living in?!

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