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Child support sweep nets 88 felons in D.C.

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For most, Father's Day is a celebration of all that's good about dads and their relationship with their children.

However, in the District, some deadbeat dads got a rude awakening in the days leading up to the one when fathers should be celebrated.

As part of a three-day sweep throughout Washington, 88 people were arrested in connection with child support cases.

"We want to ensure that these parents take responsibility for supporting their children, said Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier. "When children are provided for, the community thrives."

Dubbed the "Paternity Support Warrant Arrest Operation," Metropolitan Police Department officers brought in dozens who owe back child support.

One of those arrested was also a homicide suspect who was wanted in Boston.

"The USMS is committed to MPD and Superior Court for the District of Columbia to worked together to ensure the safety of the citizens of DC and that individuals in these types of cases are held accountable " said Thomas Hedgepeth, the acting U.S. Marshal for the D.C. Superior Court.

In May, 107 felons were arrested on similar charges. Operations of this sort will continue throughout the summer.

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