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Man who claimed he couldn’t pay child support because he “died” claims he is permanently disabled

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WITI) - A man who is facing several felonies for failure to pay child support is now trying to get out of paying altogether.

John McCroy is supposed to pay $100 a month to support his 5-year-old daughter.

However, the child's mother says he only paid that once.

Just eight months after being ordered to pay child support, McCroy was in a car accident.

McCroy admitted to not paying child support in five years but insists he was ineligible because of a paperwork error.

He says that when he went to the hospital for injuries he sustained during the car accident, he was listed as deceased.

"I was ineligible to pay it. I was in a hospital and died in a car accident," said McCroy.

Nine months later, he was denied a car loan because he wasn't current on his child support, so prosecutors say that is when he made his first and only payment of $100.

Since then, he has been making music videos and posting selfies on social media.

“I feel like if he could be out here being flashy that he can take care of our child,” said Canience Haynes.

However, prosecutors say McCroy is trying to get out of paying child support altogether.

With the help of his lawyer, whom he's paying because he doesn't qualify for a public defender, he argued that he shouldn't have to pay child support at all.

According to WITI, McCroy claims he has been permanently disabled since the car accident.

McCroy is fighting the five felony charges he is facing.

If he is convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.