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Court: No punishment for unpaid child support


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Minnesota Supreme Court says a Rochester man who owed 11 years of child support for his two children cannot be punished because there is no proof that he didn't care for them.

Larry Nelson was convicted three years ago for failing to pay about $83,500 in child support.

Nelson maintains the state failed to prove that he had failed to care for his children.

A majority of the Supreme Court agreed with Nelson that the law is unclear.

But Justice David Lillehaug wrote that the ruling "handcuffs" the state in prosecuting others who ignore child support requirements.

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