In a fair and just world, some would expect that a person would only have to pay child support for children that he/she was responsible for creating. For men, the fertility challenge is a bit complex, because there may never have been any clear confirmation that the kids were his in the first place. That’s what this man is going through right now.
The courts are seeking to send Carnell Alexander to prison for not paying child support a child that is not his own.
“I feel like I’m standing in front of a brick wall with nowhere to go,” he said.
Alexander says that during a routine traffic stop, the officer searched the database for a criminal record. Instead of finding out that he was a criminal, he found that Alexander was behind in his child support payments.
“You’re a deadbeat dad”, the cop said. “You’re a wanted man. You’re coming with me.”
“I knew I didn’t have a child, so I was kind of blown back,” Alexander said.
Afterward Alexander was arrested for failing to pay a ton of child support for a child that he is accused of having created back in 1978. The amount was a massive $60,000, unaffordable for nearly anyone facing such a debt. Alexander explained to the cop that he had never heard anything about a child support order.
“They told me it was too late to get a DNA test,” Alexander said.
Despite being told that he can’t get a test, he got one anyway. The test showed that he wasn’t the dad. It didn’t matter to the judge, who told him that he’s got to pay up anyway. Alexander received a court order for the child support in the 1980s, but was accused of ignoring it.
“She told me that regardless of what the DNA says – because I didn’t contact her 24 years ago, it’s going to stick. Case closed. I got to pay for the baby,” he said.
According to WXYZ- TV, the summons was sent to Alexander and he refused to sign it. But Alexander says that this is not true. It turns out that he was in jail at the time that the summons was delivered, so the server appears to have fabricated this information.
“I wasn’t there so I couldn’t refuse to sign,” Alexander said.
Apparently, Alexander’s name had been used by an ex who was in financial trouble. She had to put his name on legal documents in order to obtain welfare benefits.
“I had to turn to welfare to get assistance to take care of them and had to put him down as the father. That was the only way I could get assistance,” said Alexander’s ex, who didn’t release her name to the public. “Everything is my fault that I put him through.”
She says that everyone knows that the child isn’t his, so the state needs to fix its error.
“We know this is not my child so let’s do what we need to do. What’s right,” Alexander said.
Despite consistent appeals to make things right, the state is still insistent that Alexander owes at least $30,000 for the welfare benefits received by the mother of the child.
Such a sad and bizarre story.