ST. LOUIS - A clerical error caused the state to assess a man who went on a shooting rampage last week five times more per month in child support than he actually owed, state officials acknowledged.There is no excuse for this. The bureaucrats should realize that there are limits to how much they can punish dads.
Herbert L. Chalmers, who shot four people to death before killing himself last week, told a sometime girlfriend he raped during the rampage that he was upset about his child support obligations. One of the victims was the mother of some of his children.
An error in data entry, made when more than 400,000 child support files were converted to a new computer database in 1998, increased Chalmers' monthly child support more than fivefold, said Deborah Scott, spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Social Services. ...
"Rape and murder are not rational responses to resolving one's concerns over child support obligations," Scott told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
On April 18, when Chalmers went on his rampage, the department was garnisheeing 50 percent of his paycheck - the state's top limit - for back support, Scott said.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Deadbeat dad goes on rampage