Homeless Conn. Mom Tanya McDowell Pleads Guilty

Her lawyer says that no one should go to jail for stealing a free education.

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A Connecticut woman has pleaded guilty for fraudulently enrolling her son in the wrong school district, according to the Huffington Post. The case, which ignited a media firestorm last year, ended Wednesday in a plea by Tanya McDowell. While she didn't necessarily admit her guilt, she did agree that the state has enough evidence to convict her. 

In addition to the fradulent ednrollment, she was found guilty of selling narcotics and faces five years in prison. Her lawyer, Darrell Copeland, said that no one should be thrown in jail for "stealing a free education." He also insists that she is not guilty.

McDowell was homeless when she was charged with using her babysitter's address to enroll her son in kindergarten in Norwalk instead of Bridgeport, her last permanent address.

This is one of the saddest cases we have read about in a long time. If this woman hadn't enrolled her child in a school, she would have been charged with a crime. She then goes ahead and uses an address where she previously lived and gets charged for trying to get her child a better education? It's a terrible truth that this country is more likely to punish a poor mother and her child than the bankers who have done so much to ruin not just the American economy but economies around the world. 

Read more at the Huffington Post.

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