- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 27, 2003

LEHIGH, Iowa, Feb. 27 (UPI) — When the state of Iowa went after Rylan Nitzschke's father for back child support, it seized funds from a bank account.

Just one problem: The account was Rylan's, not this father's.

Keith Nitzschke said he fell $2,000 behind in child support payments after he lost his job as a used-car salesman.

"My unemployment ran out last year in June," he told Thursday's Des Moines Register. "For June, July and into August, I didn't have employment or unemployment payments, so they didn't get any child support payments."

So the state moved in, finding a bank account with Nitzschke's name on it. The account, however, was really Rylan's and had $220 in it the 11-year-old boy had earned doing chores and earmarked for a PlayStation2 video game console.

After reading about the seizure, several readers contacted the Register to offer donations.

Rylan's mother, however, turned down the offers.

"I really appreciate the caringness of the people out there," Kim Whitmer said. "I reassured Rylan that we'd put the money in his savings account."

Keith Nitzschke is working again, managing a furniture store, and the state is garnishing his paychecks for the back support. Nitzschke still is $1,600 in arrears.

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