NM police round up parents for failing to pay child support

Posted at: 08/23/2013 1:22 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Local law enforcement officers hit the streets Friday morning to serve hundreds of warrants for parents who failed to pay child support.

Police were looking for more than 400 people across the state, some of whom owed as much as $20,000 in back child support payments.

As of 12 p.m., the warrant roundup netted 41 arrests, 11 of which were in the metro.

"In total for the entire list that we have, which is more than 400 bench warrants that are out here statewide, the warrants themselves are about $1.2 million," said Betina Gonzales-McCracken, representative for the child support enforcement division.

Police said the parents arrested are not permitted to call a bail bondsman. They will have to pay their bonds in cash, which will then go directly toward their children.

One man who owes nearly $28,000 will have to pay $2,500 to get out of jail.

The official number of arrests is expected to be released by Monday.