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Issue: A man who has fathered 30 children by 11 different women is asking the courts to give him a break from paying child-support. Desmond Hatchett, 33, of Knoxville, Tennessee, has reportedly set a Knox County record for the number of children he has managed to reproduce with individual women. However, Hatchett is claiming to be a victim of his own success with the ladies, as he has become unable to make child-support payments and was back in court again this month asking for help.

Only bringing in a minimum wage salary, Hatchett legally has half of his pay check taken from him by the state every month which is divided among his 30 children. In theory, Hatchett’s obligations to his children would have him paying anywhere from $25 to $309 to the mothers of his enormous brood. In reality, after half his pay is deducted, the virile dad is only able to provide the mother’s of his children $1.49 a month. The child support payments are based in part on the ages and needs of the children that Hatchett has produced and the 33-year-old’s oldest child is 14-years-old. Desmond explained how it all snowballed out of control financially for him: ‘I had four kids in the same year. Twice.’ Asked in a TV interview whether he can ‘keep up with it all’, the 33-year-old said he knows all their names, ages and birth dates. In 2009 when he first appeared in court on charges that most of the mothers were not receiving child support, he had 21 children. At the time, he said he was not going to father any more kids, but he ended up having nine more in the past three years. He said: ‘I didn’t intend to have this many, it just happened. The state cannot order Hatchett to stop making babies. He hasn’t broken any laws, according to the report.

Question: Should we have some kind of law or restrictions against having so many kids, kids you can’t take care of at that?

 

 

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Thomas Merritt

No one seems to want to blame the mothers for their poor judgment. Ladies, having babies with a man who has fathered them on ten other women is not a good idea. Marry him, establish a household and a budget, then make babies you can afford. Please attach your brain to your uterus. If he won't marry you, and can't provide meaningful support towards the rearing of potential kids then don't give him any. Complain all you want mothers, you brought it on yourselves; and now children grow in poverty and paternal neglect because you can't control yourself.

 

 

 

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Kristen Franklin

I don't feel sorry for this man, or any of the women that he knocked up. I only feel sorry for the kids that this sorry excuse for a father cannot afford to take care of them, and the taxpayers that will be burdened with the cost in the long run.

 

 

 

 

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Angela Lucas

After the first few he should have learned how to prevent having more children or to keep his pants on. If a man can help to make children, they should have to help raise them no matter what they think. It should not only be on the moms to raise the children, but a lot of so-called men think that way. He’s a disgrace. God help the poor children in this.

 

 

 

v23_buzz_geoffHallie Goff

There is not a law to stop this boy from producing, but there should be a cap, especially when he can’t afford to take care of the one that he already has. If he showed up in my court he would be going to jail for not wearing protection and causing hardship to each and every child that he has.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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