Mom 'flips out' at deadbeat dad going to Daytona 500
Mar 20, 2013 at 8:25 AM
Former Huron County resident Crystal Hennigan feels she's a burden on her mother.
The Dinton, Iowa resident has had torn rotator cuffs on both sides and has been unable to work since 2009.
Hennigan is living off her mother's income of roughly $1,200 a month. That money also must go toward paying utility bills, groceries, clothing and gasoline for a 2000 Chevrolet four-door.
Hennigan said her ex-husband, Kurtis Wolford, is supposed to pay her $249 in child support for their 20-year-old daughter, Courtney.
While Hennigan received three payments from her ex-husband in February, she hadn't received any money from him for six years before that.
"My ex-husband owes me over $9,700 in child support," she said. "Ohio child support does not seem to be doing all that they can to get my money. He also owes the state over $30,000."
Hennigan said she became furious when she saw a photograph of her ex-husband at the Daytona 500.
"I flipped; I was screaming," said Hennigan, who heard it costs about $1,500 to attend the race for six days.
Hennigan said if Wolford would pay his child support, she wouldn't have to be so dependent on her mother.
"At least I could put gas in the truck instead of mom having to do it all the time," she said. "There are times I can't get to the doctor because Mom does not have gas money."
Hennigan said her daughter is paying for her own college education through grants and loans. Hennigan said at first, college officials wanted her to assume financial responsibility for the loans.
Hennigan said she wanted to, but couldn't.
"I'm not financially in a situation that I could," she said.
As she explained to her daughter, she's "living off of grandma."
Officials with the Huron County Department of Job and Family Services declined to talk about this case.
While criminal charges could be filed, many times prosecutors do not go after deadbeat parents until the amount owed exceeds $10,000.
In March 2012, Wolford declined to speak on his own behalf before Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway sentenced him to 11 months in prison for dealing heroin July 13, 2011.
Wolford, now 46, was willing to be part of a risk reduction program while behind bars. That meant he could get substance abuse treatment and be released from prison after serving 80 percent of his term.
He earlier went to prison for burglary and child endangering convictions. Prior to July 2011, Wolford's last felony conviction was in February 1987.
Hennigan, who has no way of contacting Wolford, said she doesn't know what her next step is.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Staff writer Cary Ashby contributed to this story.