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CORYDON, Ind. (WDRB) -- It's a Father's Day a group of Indiana parents will never forget--but not for the right reasons. In only one day, more than 25 individuals were arrested for allegedly being delinquent on child support payments.
?It's a day meant to honor and thank them for their influence, but for 55 dads--and a few moms--Father's Day came with an arrest warrant and felony charges.
"These 55 individuals are responsible for about $1 million in backed child support owed to Harrison County kids," said Harrison County Prosecutor Otto Schalk. "The overlying goal of this is to make sure these kids are getting their money."
Schalk signed off on 55 arrest warrants Sunday, in a first of its kind operation for Harrison County.
Operation Deadbeat and Delinquent (D.A.D.), as officials call it, has already resulted in more than 25 arrests.
"The benefit of a round-up is we are able to utilize all of our resources," Schalk said Monday. "We had every single officer from the Harrison County Sheriff's Department, and other police agencies, all in this building last night."
Each offender is the mother or father of a child that resides in Harrison County, but warrants were served across the country.
"We had individuals in Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Connecticut," said Schalk. "This has been a large manhunt."
16 of those in custody Monday afternoon were booked into the Harrison County Jail. Some had already bonded out. Transportation is being arranged for those in custody out-of-state.
"I believe as a result of this, we're going to see some money starting to come in, and at the end of the day that's our goal is to make sure these kids get their money," said Schalk.