A.B Quintanilla remains in the Nueces County jail almost a week after being arrested for contempt of court for non-payment of child support.
District Judge Missy Medary charged him with contempt of court and Quintanilla is still in lockup as of Tuesday evening, KIII-TV reports.
The Grammy winner appeared for a hearing on August 16 to pay more than $87,000 in back child support, along with $11,000 in attorney’s fees and past due medical bills. The judge sent Quintanilla to jail, in her words, to give him time to think about being a responsible parent.
“I cannot make you a dad,” Medary said. “I cannot make you an emotional father. I cannot make you emotionally there for your son. I cannot make you physically there for your son. But I can make you financially responsible for your son and that is what I’m going to do today.”
The judge did not say when she would release him.
“I am going to have you sit in the jail, and I want you to think about two things,” Medary added. “I want you to think about your responsibility as a father, and I want you to think of the rights of your child.”
Quintanilla is reportedly being housed in protective custody at a medical unit inside the Nueces County Jail. He could be held in jail without bond for up to 6 months.