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Deadbeat (Not) Dad

If you thought government in Detroit couldn't get any worse, think again.

The courts are threatening to throw a man in jail for failure to pay $30k for child support.

Well, good you say?

Well, I would too if not for one little thing. He is not the father. And he can prove it.

The mother put his name on a welfare form and that is that. The court knows he is not the father, but what do they care?

DETROIT, MI -- A Michigan man could go to jail for failing to pay child support. But the child he's accused of not paying for isn't even his, according to WXYZ in Detroit.

Carnell Alexander walked into the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice Friday, knowing in moments he could lose his freedom. Though DNA tests have proven the child isn't his, Alexander still owes more than $30,000 to the state because the child's mother used his name as the father to get welfare benefits.

Under Michigan law, that means Alexander owes child support. But an attorney who saw Alexander's story on the news wanted to help.

"I'm just trying to help him with his future," said attorney Cherika Harris.

"I'm almost homeless. I'm almost in jail. I am out of work," said Alexander. "My money is being threatened to be taken."

*subhead*Not your kid? Who cares. Pay up.*subhead*

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