Lional Campbell‘ son, Michael, died of acute meningitis at the age of three 25 years ago. However, Campbell is still paying child support for him to this day, Channel 7 Action News reports.
Originally from Detroit, Campbell now lives in Kentucky. In 2011, he began questioning why he was still paying child support on a child who died back in 1988. At first, he said he never questioned the payments because he thought they were for an older son he fathered with Michael’s mother. He was born seven years before Michael and is now 34-years-old.
That he lives several states away is making his fight to clear his name even more difficult. “It took a lot out of me,” Campbell said.
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When Channel 7 asked the Wayne County Friend of the Court how a man could be responsible for paying child support for a deceased child, a spokesperson said that no one ever told them that the child was dead. They also added that, because they are low on staff and case loads are enormous, mistakes were made.
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Believing his payments, that included arrearages, should have ended by now, Campbell asked why the payments had not stopped.
He says he was told the continuing payments were back child support for his son Michael.
Campbell drove to Detroit to show court officials a death certificate, proof that Michael died in 1988, but says he was told that he still owed about $43,000 for Michael.