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Tanya McDowell: Wrongly Convicted of Education Theft

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NORWALK, Conn. (Associated Press) -- A Connecticut woman who was homeless has pleaded guilty to fraudulently enrolling her son in the wrong school district.

Tanya McDowell entered her plea in Norwalk Superior Court under the Alford Doctrine, meaning she didn't admit guilt but concedes the state had enough evidence to convict her.

She also pleaded guilty to selling narcotics.

McDowell was homeless when she was charged with felony larceny last year. Authorities allege she used a babysitter's address to enroll her son in kindergarten in Norwalk instead of Bridgeport, her last permanent address.

Her case drew national attention and support from civil rights leaders.

The Hearst Connecticut Media Group reports her lawyer says she insists she's not guilty. Lawyer Darnell Crosland says people "shouldn't be arrested for stealing a free education."

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