Detroit Man Fights $30K Child Support Bill For a Kid That’s Not His

Most people are all for making deadbeat dads pay child support for their kids. But the Detroit legal system has decided that they’re going to make men pay tens of thousands of dollars in child support for kids that aren’t theirs, too.

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“I feel like I’m standing in front of a brick wall with nowhere to go,” said Carnell Alexander.

He says he learned about the paternity case against him during a traffic stop in Detroit in the early 90s. The officer told him he is a deadbeat dad, there was a warrant out for his arrest.

… Eventually he, by chance, ran into someone he knew would know where the woman was, and got a DNA test. It proved what he had been saying all along: the child he had never met was not his.

The mother had realized that, and the real father was in the child’s life. Alexander took this information to court. The judge was unmoved.

“Case closed. I gotta pay for the baby,” said Alexander.

The court focused on a summons tied to the paternity case in the late 1980’s. The state sent a process server to Alexander’s dad’s house in Highland Park to let him know about the paternity case. The process server turned a document into the court saying Alexander was delivered the summons, but he refused to sign the summons.

“I wasn’t there. I couldn’t refuse to sign,” said Alexander.

7 Action News checked his story with the Michigan Department of Corrections. Their records confirm Alexander’s story – he did not receive that order at a home in Highland Park. He was in prison for a crime he committed as a young man.

“I had no knowledge that I had a child support case against me,” he says.

Alexander’s ex takes full responsibility for the situation, and has asked the court to forgive his debt — and they did forgive half of it, but are still demanding that he pay $30,000. So now in the liberal land of Detroit, it’s apparently legal for the state to extort tens of thousands of dollars out of innocent people, just because they feel like it.

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