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DETROIT (AP) — A judge says a Detroit man must pay $30,000 in back child support for his ex-girlfriend’s child even though he’s not the father.

Carnell Alexander brought his case to Wayne County Circuit Court with hopes for a fix. Instead, WXYZ-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1DCnDCX ) Judge Kathleen McCarthy told him Tuesday he waited too long to challenge the situation and “failed to take this matter seriously.”

Alexander says the paternity case started in the 1980s when the woman gave his name to a case worker so she could get assistance for her baby. The woman agrees he’s not the father and a DNA test taken years after the 1987 birth backs that up.

More challenges are planned. Alexander’s lawyer Cherika Harris says an arrest warrant due to unpaid child support has been dropped.

 

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