A court is asking a Detroit man to pay $30,000 in child support for a kid that both a paternity test and the child’s mother say isn’t his.
For the last 20 years, Carnell Alexander has been fighting the state of Michigan over unpaid child support. Alexander says he first learned about the child during a traffic stop in the 1990s when an officer informed him there was a warrant out for his arrest and called him a “deadbeat dad.”
“I knew I didn’t have a child, so I was kind of blown back,” Alexander told WXYZ.
Alexander claims he immediately tried to get a DNA test, but the court told him it was “too late” and having no money, he was unable to track down the mother.
Eventually, Alexander was able to track down the mother and undergo a paternity test, proving he was not the father, and he even learned that the child’s biological dad was in his life now.
Despite that, the state of Michigan is insisting that Alexander owes $30,000 because he allegedly “refused to sign a summons" that was sent to his home regarding the paternity case. Alexander says he was not home when the summons was sent, and officials have confirmed this to be true.
Furthermore, the child’s mother maintains that Alexander is not the father and says she regrets everything that has happened.
“Everything is my fault that I put him through,” said the unnamed woman to WXYZ. “I want everything to go away for him so he can go on with his life.”
As noted by WZYZ:
Carnell's ex had a baby, and didn't know who the father was. She was struggling to care for the child. When she applied for state assistance, the case worker told her she had to name the father.
"That was the only way I could get assistance," she told 7 Action News.
She said she didn't realize the state would go after the father to pay the support given to the child.
The woman has appealed to the court to get them to stop billing Alexander for $30,000, but they refuse to budge.
“We know this is not my child so let’s do what we need to do, what’s right,” said Alexander.