"Dead Beat Parents" Round-Up Gains Attorney Generals Attention - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/13/05

"Dead Beat Parents" Round-Up Gains Attorney Generals Attention

At least 21 Lubbock County fathers who owe child support were in jail as of Wednesday, July 13. State Attorney General, Greg Abbott praised the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office for heading up the county-wide sweep.

Sheriff's deputies took delinquent parents directly to jail for failing to apper in court and pay child support. They'll have plenty of time to think about paying what they owe, as many of them will stay in jail until they post bond. If they don't post bond, they could remain in jail for up to six months. NewsChannel 11 spoke with a Lubbock single mother who says this roundup is just what many parents need in order take responsibility.

Lubbock County Sheriff's Deputies are on a quest: to round up parents who owe thousands in back child support.Deputies arrested at least 21 violators as of Wednesday evening.

Single Mother, Melissa Gregg said, "It's about responsibility, it's not about the money. Nobody's getting rich off the child support. It's an obligation to your child."

We didn't have to leave NewsChannel 11 before we discovered our Gregg, the station's accounting supervisor, is supposed to receive child support for her 4-year-old daughter, Katelyn.

Gregg said, "We've been divorced a year and my ex-husband hasn't paid child support since March."

Lubbock County Sheriff's Office Law Enforcement Captain, Tom Watson said, "We're talking about quite a bit of money, delinquent money these people owe."

Combined, the 21 parents the sheriff's department arrested owe $400,000 in back child support. One man alone owes $93,000.

Gregg said it's her daughter who will ultimately suffer if her ex-husband doesn't start paying. "My electric's going to be turned off, or my gas is going to be turned off, or there's not going to be a roof over the child's head, that's what it's going to boil down to."

The arrested evaders could spend up to six months in jail, giving time to reflect on dodging their responsibilities. Captain Watson says, "I'm sure this guy that owes $93,000 got the message!"

Gregg's ex-husband was not arrested, however she still hopes he gets the message.

"I hate that it happens and I hate that she's stuck in the middle of it," Gregg said, "but that's the fact of the matter and it's something that has to be done and it has to be taken care of and she has to be taken care of."

Lubbock Sheriff's Deputies started the round-up Tuesday, it continues through Thursday, July 14th.

All of the parents will eventually have to pay their past due child support.

If you're having problems collecting your child support, you can contact the Attorney General's Office and they can walk you through what to do.

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