Reporting Jenn Bernstein
By Jenn Bernstein
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department spent the early morning hours of Monday trying to round up deadbeat parents.
Sheriff Eileen Behr said ten individuals were apprehended by deputies who went door to door, in search of moms and dads who owe child support.
Sheriff Deputies were placed in teams going to homes across the county where they suspected offenders who have active bench warrants live.
“We’re just asking them to be responsible parents. When they don’t do so warrants are issued,” said Sheriff Behr.
It comes after the county’s weeklong amnesty program which ended on Friday. It was a chance for all parents wanted in the county to come forward and work out a deal with officials without the worry of being arrested or jailed.
“They only had that opportunity, and at this point, those that missed the opportunity are now on the list,” said the Assistant Director of Enforcement with Domestic Relation’s Rebecca Colantuno.
Of the more than 300 outstanding warrants, 45 people turned themselves in last week.
Deputies hit the pavement Monday morning with 50 to 60 warrants.