Laurel County police round up deadbeat parents

This morning's roundup was targeting parents who police say hadn't paid their child support. Laurel County officials say it's a tedious process, one that will continue long after today.

"We just want you to pay your child support, we don't want to put you in jail, it's counterproductive," said Laurel County Attorney Jodi Albright.

But for some parents in Laurel County, the consequence for not paying their child support was going to jail.

Sheriff's deputies hit the road around 8:30 this morning and went to homes across the county.

"It's a pay or stay warrant, that's the two options they have," said Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

But it's not an easy process. Unlike drug roundups where officers have often been to a suspects house, many of the addresses on file don't match up.

Which means the people who aren't located today will continue to be pursued.

"When we're done today we'll gather up more warrants and we'll do it again in a couple months," said Albright.

Officials say anyone who does owe back child support can contact the County Attorney to begin making arrangements so they don't get an early morning knock on their door from police.

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