If there is no custody agreement in place, and especially if you are not recognized as the father, you could be charged with kidnapping or custodial interference. If you are concerned about your child's welfare, you could file a complaint with CPS. If you have to borrow money, or get a second (or third) job, you should retain a reputable attorney specializing in family law. You may also be able to contact your local legal aid office, which may be able to provide low-cost legal representation.
Yes, the taxpayer ends up paying for his attorney. And for the cost of the court and judges hearing the appeals. The news is right - because almost endless appeals are allowed, the average prisoner sentenced to death is on death row for over ten years, and more die there than ever get executed. Fun fact I discovered when I was looking at this earlier - since the death penalty was reinstated for federal crimes in 1988, 74 have been sentenced to death but only 3 have been executed. The rest have either died or are still appealing, at YOUR expense.
This is a reason often given for opposing the death penalty, that because of the legal costs, it's actually cheaper for taxpayers just to sentence him to life without parole.
It makes me wonder if the US actually believes in the death penalty. Why doesn't it USE it more often, or doesn't it trust its own courts?
I'm British and what we did before abolishing the whole thing 50 years ago was allow only three appeals and six weeks at most to make them. If they failed, you hanged (the one and only method we used was long drop hanging) at most six weeks after the judge passed sentence. By the way, I see what your religion is... if a murderer didn't appeal and wasn't reprieved, the execution would be three weeks after sentence, traditionally to allow three clear Sundays for him to make peace with God. We are an officially Christian country (well, the England part is) so that was the way. It is still the law that every English prison must have a Church of England chaplain and if you happen to be Catholic or something else, there will be provision for you too. For Catholics, there will be a priest to say Mass every week.
If you can't get it right after a trial AND three appeals, you never will, and we never noticeably hanged more of the wrong people than the US currently executes. There wasn't even an argument about the method - the measured long drop is VERY quick and kills the prisoner of a broken neck. It was just the fact that just occasionally courts DO get it wrong that caused Parliament to abolish the death sentence for murder - is killing someone by mistake EVER right? What we now have is a mandatory life sentence, with the possibility of a whole life term (i.e. without parole) if the crime deserves it.
I suspect that if Tsarnaev had done what he did in England, a whole life term would have been the sentence. I say that because of the Lee Rigby case - he was a British soldier who was hacked to death in the street by two fanatical Muslims a couple of years ago, just because they wanted to "get their revenge" on the army for what it is doing against al-Qaeda etc. One got a whole life term, the other got life with a minimum of 45 years - which means he's going to be about 70 before he even gets considered for parole.
There are serial killers who committed suicide in prison rather than face the rest of their life there. They thought death was the easy way out. Isn't that another thought about the death penalty?