Deadbeat dad's ex: 'He's gone to great lengths to deserve that title'

Deadbeat dad's ex: 'He's gone to great lengths to deserve that title'
SEATTLE -- A local woman said she's thrilled that her ex has been named the worst deadbeat dad in the country and hopes the new attention will help bring the man to justice.

The federal government recently gave 52-year old Kenneth Terry Jones the inglorious distinction of being the worst deadbeat dad in America.

The mother of Jones' children has been chasing the former Tacoma man for nearly 20 years, ever since he skipped out of town and refused to pay child support for his two sons.

"It was Fathers Day, June 1994, and he got up one morning and said, 'I don't want to do this anymore. I'm leaving,'" said Michelle Jones.

The timing couldn't have been worse. The couple already had a 3-year-old, and Michelle was 6-months pregnant with their second child.

Being a single mother raising two boys has been a struggle, but Michelle said seeing Jones named the worst deadbeat dad feels validating.

"To see his face plastered on the news was astonishing," she said. "He's gone to great lengths to deserve that title."

Michelle took Jones to court in 1995, and he was ordered to pay child support. She's still waiting for the money.

"Right now, it's approximately $260,000, and that's in child support arrears alone," she said.

Michelle said Jones has somehow been able to stay one step ahead of the law by constantly changing jobs and locations. The federal government is confident he's now living somewhere in Sydney, Australia.

"The system allowed it in some ways because of their lack of ability to move swiftly," Michelle said.

Michelle is hopeful that Jones will be tracked down, and she hopes the same thing happens to all the other deadbeat dads.

"I'm not the only one out there that is going through this," she said. "It's frustrating. I won't be the last one, either."

Michelle said both her sons are in college and relying mostly on student loans to pay for the bulk of their tuition.

Anyone with information about Jones is asked to contact the Office of Inspector General's Deadbeat Parent website.