Homeless Mother Heads Back to Court for the Wrong Reasons

Homeless Mother Heads Back to Court for the Wrong Reasons

Instead of fighting in court for right to send child to school, Tanya McDowell must defend herself against drug charges.

Published June 13, 2011

Just when Tanya McDowell had education advocates, including the Reverend Al Sharpton, on her side, she ends up in jail on drug charges – again.


McDowell was scheduled to appear in a Connecticut court Monday to defend against charges claiming that she lied in order to send her son to an out-of-district school. Instead, she will face charges that she sold drugs on three different occasions to undercover Norwalk police officers. She is charged with the sale of narcotics and marijuana, and possession and sales within 1,500 feet of a school or public housing complex, reports the Stamford Advocate.


McDowell was arrested Friday for selling crack and marijuana. The arrest came just three days after she appeared at a rally on her behalf with Sharpton, who had urged prosecutors to drop charges against her.


Her total bond in the recent arrest was $200,000 ($50,000 for each of the three drug warrants over the past several weeks and another $50,000 for the crack and marijuana in her possession when she was arrested).


In November, McDowell was arrested in Norwalk for being in possession of marijuana and crack cocaine. Ten years ago she was convicted of robbing a bank and being in possession of a pistol, in a separate incident. She was previously sentenced to 18 months in prison.


In the name of mothers who are not drug addicts and simply want their children to attend a better school, let’s hope that this case does not discredit their efforts.


(Photo: AP PHOTO/ Stephanie Reitz)

Written by Danielle Wright


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