May 20, 2012 in Nation/World

Father of 30 seeking break on child support

Rene Lynch Los Angeles Times
 

You have to say this much for Desmond Hatchett: He has a way with the ladies.

The 33-year-old Knoxville, Tenn., resident reportedly has set a Knox County record for his ability to reproduce. He has 30 children with 11 women. And nine of those children were born in the last three years, after Hatchett vowed “I’m done!” in a 2009 TV interview, saying he wouldn’t father more children.

Hatchett was back in the news last week because he’s struggling to make ends meet on his minimum-wage job. His inability to make child-support payments on such a meager salary also means he’s back in court again and again, most recently to ask for a break on those payments.

“Yes, we’ve got several cases with Mr. Hatchett,” Melissa Gibson, an assistant supervisor with the Knox County child support clerk’s office, said with a sigh.

Under the law, there’s nothing officials can do to force Hatchett to abstain from having sex.

“If there’s something out there like that, I’m unaware of it,” Gibson told the Los Angeles Times, before adding, “It definitely needs to be.”

Gibson said Hatchett is believed to hold the Knox County record for most children. (He’d hold a similar record in most counties in the U.S., which might explain why news of his predicament was pinging around the Internet last week.)

Gibson said she couldn’t say whether any of his children receive public assistance. The youngest is a toddler; the oldest is 14.

When Hatchett is working, he is required to turn over 50 percent of his wages for child support. Child support payments are based in part on the ages and needs of the children. Some of the mothers of Hatchett’s children get only $1.49 a month, reported WREG in Memphis.


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