Man ordered to pay $30,000 in child support or face jail for a baby that is NOT his

Mess with a man's money and you're messing with his heart. A Detroit man has been ordered to pay $30,000 in child support for a baby that isn't his. Nope, this is not a case for The Maury Show. Carnell Alexander actually took a paternity test, which proved that he was not the father of the baby. Now he is caught in a crazy web with the legal system after a judge ordered for him to pay the hefty child support bill anyway. 

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Alexander learned about the paternity case after being pulled over in the 1990's and having the cop call him a "dead beat dad." The state had paperwork claiming that he fathered a child in 1987 and ignored a court order to start paying child support. In a crazy twist, it turns out that Alexander was in prison for an unrelated case at the time and never saw the paperwork that would haunt him to this day.

"I knew I didn't have a child, so I was kind of blown back," he told ABC News. It turns out that his ex, and the mother of the baby, didn't know who the father was and fell in financial hardship. She applied for government assistance and ended up putting Alexander's name on the application. That one decision ended up messing with this man's wallet and his future in a major way. Alexander has refused to pay up, but is being threatened with being thrown back in jail if he doesn't.

What kind of legal system allows for this kind of mix up? A judge's job is to follow ethical standards, but this one failed miserably. This man has a criminal past, but that has nothing to do with this case. How is he expected to get his life together when he has this looming over his head? His ex-girlfriend even admits that he doesn't owe her or the child any money. Hopefully the case is appealed and a new judge makes a more rational and fair decision because your reputation is worth more than money. 

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