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Ninth annual child support delinquents list to be published Sunday

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Nearly 4,000 people in Jefferson County aren't paying child support, including hundreds of women. 

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell announced the ninth annual child support delinquents list at a press conference Thursday morning.

"These are people that simply don't pay," said Mike O'Connell, County Attorney, during the press conference.

O'Connell said a public list with the names of people who aren't financially supporting their children, is just one strategy his office uses to collect money.

"Regrettably, each year we talk about the amount of child support that's owed. If we collected every penny, it's $97.9 million. Think if we could find a way to bring all that in at one time -- it would certainly be a great thing for the kids," he said.

The County Attorney's office has published the list for nine years and this year, 3,436 men owe. Four-hundred women also owe, which is higher than normal.

"They have at least a 12-month delinquency of more than $1,000 with no payment in the last six months," explained O'Connell.

O'Connell said when parents don't pay child support, kids are forced to go without basic needs.

"Kids go without things they need for school, whether it's clothing or accessories and basic needs like food," O'Connell told reporters.

The focus this year is children of ages 13-18.

The theme is "it's never too late to step up to the plate."

"We wanted to focus on this group and say these are the children who are maybe thinking about their future, or maybe thinking about going to college or going into the military, going to a vocational school, and if a parent really kind of steps up now, there's a chance to turn it around for that child," added Angie Anton, director of the Child Support Division.

The list will be published on Sunday.

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