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10 delinquent parents surrender after raids


Ten people turned themselves in Friday to the county Department of Social Services for failing to pay child support, one day after police conducted raids to arrest deadbeat fathers.

Police served 20 arrest warrants in Baltimore City and Baltimore, Cecil and Harford counties Thursday to people who have not made child-support payments.

The raids, organized by the Harford Sheriff's Office, targeted nearly 300 parents, mostly fathers.

The delinquent parents were charged with contempt of court and failure to obey court orders.

News of the raids prompted some delinquent parents to pay up to avoid arrests, said Gloria Davis, supervisor of support enforcement at the Social Services Department.

"We've had numerous inquiries about other cases," Davis said.

"I think they're trying to find out if there is a warrant for them."

Police captured one of the 10 most-wanted delinquent parents, Kenneth K. Keene, who owes $7,422 in child support for one child.

The 28-year-old Kingsville resident, who was seventh on the list, was arrested when he showed up at the Social Services Department the day of the raids, police said.

Investigators are still searching for the man at the top of their most-wanted list, William Robert Wood, 45, of Baltimore County.

Wood, who also is first on the state list, owes $31,610 for two children.

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