Alexander County sheriff's deputies have arrested a 56-year-old Taylorsville man who police say hasn't made child-support payments since 1981.

Nikard Murphy, a self-employed timber worker, was arrested Monday at his mobile home in Taylorsville.The North Carolina Department of Human Resources said Murphy now owes about $54,000 in back payments for the care of his twin sons, making him the state's No. 1 child-support delinquent.

``The longer you wait and try to dodge it, the more it builds up,' said Alexander County sheriff's Detective Chris Bowman.

Charged with non-support, Murphy is being held in the county jail on $50,000 bond.

In September, the state unveiled a Top 10 Most Wanted poster for the North Carolina child-support evaders, including Murphy. The poster included the name, picture, physical description, occupation and last known address for each delinquent.

Murphy is the second person on the most-wanted list to be arrested.

Last week, Roosevelt Rand Jr., a concrete pourer, was arrested in Durham, officials said.

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