Father Who Skipped Out On Kidney Donation Captured

A fugitive father from Kentucky who's received national attention, is in custody this morning.
US Marshals arrested Byron Perkins and his girlfriend in Mexico.

A Louisville judge let Perkins out of jail last year so he could donate a kidney to his teenage son.
However, right before the surgery, Perkins skipped town.

Perkins had been featured on America's Most Wanted.

The couple will be deported to California, where they will face an extradition hearing to be returned to Kentucky.

Perkins' son received a kidney from a donor last summer.


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  • by mbm Location: Winchester on Apr 27, 2007 at 12:35 PM
    Father? This man is no Father. He doesn't know the meaning of being a father. He just happened to be there to donate the sperm to make this child. A 'REAL' Father would never do that to his child. Thank God for the donor who was able to give this young man a kidney before it was too late. I hope his "Father" stops and thinks about what he has done and cannot go to sleep at night without feeling the guilty for what he has done. There are men in this world who can father a child but are never a true father to that child.
  • by kentuckian Location: Pulaski on Apr 27, 2007 at 07:46 AM
    sometimes i cant believe what my eyes read. i feel sorry for this kid, i'm sure he knows his own father skipped out on him. But i hope he also knows it don't just take a parent to care, the heroic person who gave the kidney cares not to mention a lot of others. i hope the kid keeps his head up and makes more of his self and is a better person that his father is......using it as a learning expierence!
  • by robin Location: jones on Apr 26, 2007 at 01:55 PM
    This poor kid, to think his father used him as an escape goat. he should never see outside agian, just for the anguish he put his son through. I have 4 children and I cannot imagine not being there for them.
  • by Bill Location: Lexington on Apr 26, 2007 at 01:30 PM
    What a scumbag-life without parole UNDER THE JAIL would be too good for this jerk.
  • by Jack Location: Pike County on Apr 26, 2007 at 09:02 AM
    Do you really think he cares!
  • by Zeke Location: Olin on Apr 26, 2007 at 08:27 AM
    They should just turn this man loose, after removing BOTH kidneys, and let him enjoy his freedom.
  • by sally Location: irvine on Apr 26, 2007 at 07:45 AM
    this is such a sad situation for the child and the family. It is a shame how some inmates will use their family to get what ever they want but when the family really needs them and they get a chance to help in a dire situation they run and leave the child in serious danger. Evidently the father didnt care or he would have been there to give the kidney and then went back to prison to do his time for whatever he did. Then when someone else might need the same thing they can't get help from the state because of the bad eggs like this. I'm glad the son got what he needed from some good samaritian with a heart that really cares. May you continue to progress everyday and grow up to make a difference in the world. Better than your father.
  • by Annie Location: Ky on Apr 26, 2007 at 07:04 AM
    How could someone do that to their own child. I would give my life for my child if that is what was needed. I find it sad that a parent could do this. Thank God for the other donor they found for the son.
  • by wes Location: kentucky on Apr 26, 2007 at 06:55 AM
    They should lock them both up for life.
  • by Teresa Location: Corbin on Apr 26, 2007 at 06:51 AM
    Way to go US Marshalls, I hope he gets more time for this.
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