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Father still pays child support for son who died 25 years ago

By Mason White 9:36 AM February 25, 2013
Lional Campbell 

By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) A man was left shocked after learning that he was paying child support for a child that has been dead for more than two decades, according to video uploaded to the internet.

The son of Lional Campbell, Michael, died at the age of three from acute meningitis.

“his death hurt me a lot,s Campbell, who is from Detroit, Michigan, and now lives in Kentucky, said. The distance made it even more difficult for Campbell to wage a fight with the Wayne County Friend of the Court on child support that Campbell said he is still paying child support for Michael, after all these years.

A spokesperson for the Friend of the Court said that nobody ever notified them of the boy’s death until Campbell began to ask why he still owed child support in 2011 for a child who had died at the age of 3 years 25 years ago.
For years, Campbell never questioned the child support payments to the Friend of the Court because he thought the money was for an older child.

The older son was born seven years before Michael and is now 34-years-old.
Believing that his payments should have ended by now, Campbell asked why the payments had not stopped.
He said that he was told that the payments were for back child support for his son Michael.

Campbell went to Detroit to show the court a death certificate that Michael died in 1988, but said he was told he still owed about $43,000 for Michael.
Campbell asked for several audits. Every time he was given a smaller amount. He was then told that he owed a little under $20,000.

Campbell said that even employees of the Friend of the Court were baffled.
“The woman said: ‘how can you owe child support for a child who has been dead for 23 years?’ I said: ‘I do not know,’ and I said: ‘let’s do another audit.’”

Court officials called it a regrettable error and said that such cases are isolated.