"Operation Deadbeat" parent round up: Deputies arrest child support violators

As many people celebrate Mother's Day weekend, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office rounded up those who haven't quite been around for their children.

Deputies were out arresting what they call "deadbeat" parents: moms and dads who haven't paid their child support or followed other court orders.

Deputy Jerry Vance says every situation is different.  The deputies are sent together to arrest parents who owe up to thousands of dollars in child support.

These 10 men and women are wanted for the most amount of money.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio calls it "Operation Deadbeat." He's done this operation for 20 years.

"So this is as you can see, a very tough situation when you're dealing with parents who don't pay their child support," he said.

He says when parents don't pay child support, it becomes a much bigger issue.

"Sometimes kids get involved in gangs and drugs and costing taxpayers money, they have to buy food stamps and free lunches in the schools because they don't have the money, it's a bigger problem."

Once arrested, they're booked into jail.

"They will stay in jail until the judge decides what to do with them," said Arpaio.
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