Judge lowers bond for man with 14 kids, owes more than $48,000 in child support
James White, 49, arrested Tuesday on out-of-county warrant
MIAMI – A Miami-Dade County judge lowered the bond for a man accused of not paying child support for his 14 children.
James White, 49, was arrested on an out-of-county warrant Tuesday. During his first court appearance, he was ordered to be held in jail in lieu of a $48,650 bond -- the full amount of child support owed.
White told Judge Mindy Glazer that he is a good father despite previously going to prison for 23 years for unrelated charges.
"I was in prison when this one was born and I was trying to get custody of her," White said. "I actually went up there and the mother got on the run, she had a warrant, my daughter had a warrant and my two sons had a warrant, and I couldn't do nothing."
He also told Glazer that he owns a tree service business and asked if there was any type of bond he could get to help him get out of jail.
"This court does have to show some humanity," Glazer said. "I understand these children need to eat, they need to be fed and somebody's been paying for them to do it, it hasn't been you, sir."
"You know, it's easy to make them. It's hard to take care of them," she added. "Just be mindful of that, if you're going to have any more children, they're expensive and it doesn't stop."
Glazer lowered White's bond to $4,000.
It's unclear if White's 14 children have the same mother.
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