Dozens Wanted In Child Support Round-Up

By: Michel Mason Email
By: Michel Mason Email

To many they are known as deadbeat parents, and today Perry County officials rounded up mothers and fathers accused of owing thousands of dollars in child support.

Officials set out Wednesday to serve 43 warrants as part of this round-up. They ended up arresting 12. Officials say that group alone owes more than $80,000 in child support.

It was any early start for sheriff's deputies, Hazard and state police as they went door to door looking for parents they say owe their children.

"Parents who are not paying their child support as ordered and do owe more than $1,000 and some of them certainly a whole lot more than that," said Perry County Attorney John Shackelford.

Those cases were piling up. That's when the county attorney, circuit court and law enforcement decided something needed to be done.

"We weren't getting the results any other way and thought we would try it and see if it worked and it appears to have worked," added Shackelford.

Officials say although some warrants weren't served today, it does not mean they will be empty handed for long.

"With the other ones we didn't serve, we did make an attempt and we verified some new addresses of some people who have moved so it turned out pretty good," said Chief Deputy Tony Eversole.

Officials say it's a step they were forced to take.

"They don't pay until you make them. Unfortunately, a lot of times they don't pay until they are in custody," said Shackelford.

Some of them owe their children or the state upwards of $20,000 dollars.

All of those arrested are charged with flagrant non-support which is a felony.

They are now in jail awaiting bond hearings.


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  • by Faye on Jul 20, 2009 at 08:58 PM
    Here's an idea for lawmakers and judges when int comes to dead beat parents...If the parent(s) owe more than $5,000, put a lein on any property, vehicles, banks accounts, insurance policies, act. and sale them off and have the proceeds go to the deliquent child support.
  • by Rhonda Location: Elizabethtown on Jul 20, 2009 at 08:51 PM
    I wish that moe counties would do this more often. I have a warrant for my son's father who owes @$19,000 that is in shelby county. The father has posted his address on my space along with pictures of him at this address. I have notified authorities and nothing....my son has special needs and yet just because his girlfriend say "oh, he's not here", the father happily goes on his way.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 6, 2009 at 10:20 AM
    My daughter still hasn't recieved her child support!!
  • by Upset Aunt Location: Pike County on Jan 27, 2009 at 04:11 AM
    Too many of the deadbeat dads in Pike County have a poitical affiliation with the judges in our county. If the family is politically connected, the dad gets by without going to jail even though warrants have been issued. All the dad has to do is to check into rehab and he's let go without paying. My ex brother-in-law owes my nephew over $13,000 and has checked into rehab for an undetermined amount of time. A judge held the warrant until he could get through Christmas. Shame on our judges for letting this happen so much.
  • by Anonymous Location: Ky on Jan 25, 2009 at 06:37 PM
    I agree with grumpy they should have a list the parents that dont pay have them shamed if they would even care. i think every so many month that your name should go in the paper and how much they owe in child support. Might get some of the dead beats to start paying!
  • by We been there Location: Pike on Jan 25, 2009 at 06:34 PM
    Tammy in Hazard you can see your child take him back to court and the judge will order it. My husband had to do it to see his children. And you can do it without a lawyer just go to your local child support office they will tell you what to do.
  • by grumpy on Jan 24, 2009 at 06:55 AM
    post a list of the dead beats names and put a bounty on them
  • by Tom Location: KY on Jan 23, 2009 at 09:40 AM
    Just think it would be like christmas to alot of these children if the parents would just pay their child support!!
  • by tammy Location: hazard on Jan 23, 2009 at 09:11 AM
    i know its not good that these people havent paid thier child support and that its thier responability to take care of thier children because i have to pay child support but the thing is why should i have to keep my child support up and my children have been with thier dad since 2000 and i have seen them maybe four times for a few days at a time and spoke with them maybe three times on the phone if the non custodial parents pay thier support why do we not get any help on getting to see our children?
  • by Carrie Location: Pike Co on Jan 23, 2009 at 07:23 AM
    Come on Pike Co. do the same thing!! How long has it been since you did a "round up" lets go after these dead beats maybe then when they get their tax refund they will use it to get out of jail with and pay their child support!!

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