(WXYZ) — A man paid $111,453 in past due child support for a struggling Genesee County family, said Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.
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The family was left impoverished in 1992 after the wife fled her abusive husband, seeking refuge at a battered women's shelter, Nessel said.
The husband escaped with all of the family's possessions, including the children's clothes and toys.
After consistently failing to make child support payments, the AG's office tracked the father to the U.S. Virgin Islands, where he had been hiding for several years.
The man was arrested at the St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands airport.
“We take great pride in bringing deadbeat parents to justice and collecting the child support payments vulnerable families are owed,” Nessel said in a release. “Those seeking to shirk their responsibility as parents should heed this warning: This office will do everything we can to find you and make certain your families are properly supported.”
Failing to pay child support is a felony in Michigan.
Rather than being extradited back to Michigan to face charges of felony failure to pay child support, the father paid the entire amount in past-due child support payments.