The Mississippi NAACP is meeting this weekend to determine how to help a Scott County dad that has a court order to were a sign that says’ he hasn’t paid his child support and is in contempt of court.
A Judge ordered Otis Lloyd to wear that sign three hours a day, three days a week until he can pay off the more than $13,000 he owes his children. But the NAACP says Lloyd is not a deadbeat dad.
“Mr. Lloyd is a man that has worked hard all his life to take care of his family,” explained NAACP Vice President Charles Hampton. But when Lloyd got sick, his wife asked for a divorce. “In that divorce, he was paying child support until he got to a point where he just couldn’t work anymore.”
Hampton said Lloyd didn’t know to petition the court for relief, but was instead trying to work things out with the Department of Human Service (DHS). “We do not, the NAACP and I, do not support a deadbeat dad. But I do support people when they are accused of something that they are not.”
Hampton thinks DHS failed in this case and Lloyd is being unfairly punished. Family members say Lloyd has cancer and should not be exposed to the elements of nature, as he is while standing in front of the Scott County Courthouse with the sign.