DeKalb County, GA, December 22, 2016 – The Post Reports – DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office is reporting Deputies made 19 “deadbeat parent” arrests during a county-wide operation “aimed at men and women who were wanted for failure to meet court-ordered financial obligations to their children and some who are accused of cruelty to children.”
The Sheriff’s Office says their operation that was carried out Wednesday, December 21st, involved a day-long effort to find the “deadbeat” parents and execute 174 warrants. While warrants are endeavored year-round for these misdemeanors, a special effort is frequently made during the holiday season, the release says.
“The offending parent is already aware of the obligation and is rarely surprised when we show up with an arrest warrant,” Sheriff Jeff Mann explains in the release. “When the custodial parent who has been granted support by the courts is unable to obtain that support, it causes a financial hardship that becomes more pronounced this time of the year because of holiday expectations. We hope this extra effort helps families collect at least some of what they are owed.”
According to the Sheriff’s Office, Deputies were able to serve 99 of the outstanding child support warrants, which amounted to $139,566.15 in uncollected court-ordered child support payments.