Per the Stamford Advocate:
The homeless woman accused of stealing up to $15,600 from Norwalk taxpayers by sending her 5-year-old son to a city elementary school pleaded not guilty Wednesday during an arraignment in state Superior Court.
Defense attorneys Darnell Crosland and co-counsel Michael Thomas entered the plea on behalf of their client Tanya McDowell, 33, who is facing up to 20 years in jail on first-degree larceny and conspiracy charges. The case was continued until May 11.
McDowell's attorneys also told Judge Bruce Hudock they would seek to have the high-profile case transferred out of Norwalk because they would not be able to find a fair and impartial jury.
Crosland said that his client was undeniably homeless when she enrolled her son at the school and he should have been allowed to remain there, according to federal law.
Crosland called for Norwalk Supervisory Assistant State's Attorney Suzanne Vieux to dismiss the charges.