Father of 30 struggles to pay child support

“Be fruitful and multiply” sounds like quite the party until the child support bill arrives.

Just ask poor Desmond Hatchett, a Tennessee volunteer if there ever was one.

WREG-TV in Memphis reports Hatchett, a minimum wage worker from Knoxville, recently asked the court for help in making his child support payments. The 33-year-old man has fathered 30 children by 11 women and is having trouble keeping up with the bills.

Half of his paycheck, the maximum allowed by Tennessee law, is garnished. Some mothers receive $1.49 a month.

How did this happen?

“I had four kids in the same year. Twice,” says Hatchett, who is better with the ladies than the ladies are at picking men.

Hatchett was last in court in 2009 when he had only 21 children and he said he was “done” with making babies.

If he gets relief from making child support payments, perhaps he can use the extra cash for condoms or a vasectomy.

Or for hiring a film crew to make him a reality TV star.

Note: Turning off commenting before I leave work.

64 comments Add your comment

doh!

May 21st, 2012
12:26 pm

nothing to see here

George

May 21st, 2012
12:36 pm

wow how sad only the kids will lose

Carole

May 21st, 2012
12:41 pm

Oh if I was “the government” I’d help him. Sign this paper and we’ll give each kid $50/mth until they are 18. Yes, that’s correct. This paper says that you agree to immediately head to XYZ hospital for a vasectomy.

Mike

May 21st, 2012
12:42 pm

Can hardly wait for all of these kids to be on obamacare and then I can help pay!

b4life

May 21st, 2012
12:43 pm

Who are the women sleeping with him and doing it without condoms? Deadbeat is an understatement, but these women…

FB

May 21st, 2012
12:44 pm

These mere words do not convey the rage I feel about individuals who are so thoughtless about their stupid actions and the results especially when they continue to impregnate women and have children that others (i.e., taxpayers) ultimately have to support. This angers me beyond words!!

Roekest

May 21st, 2012
12:48 pm

Sherman really didn’t go far enough when he burned Atlanta…

ProLiferorDie

May 21st, 2012
12:50 pm

He’s our poster child; we don’t care about them once the children are born either!!!

E

May 21st, 2012
12:51 pm

These women are equally as bad as he is. Shame on all of them.

The kids are the ones we should feel bad for.

Jon Gregory

May 21st, 2012
12:52 pm

Having retired a decade ago from the Child Support Bureau in a major Tennessee, I saw this daily often with 100-300 women petitioning the Court to legitimize their children by numerous absentee parents.
Pastors, preachers, pilots, professional ball players made up the lascivious fathers. Eighty percent of the fathers never paid child support. One case was a ‘preacher who made one court-ordered payment of $100 and never made another. When the child aged out at 18-year old, $22,000.00 in child support arrears were owed. The pastor said he was not a deadbeat dad and wanted to pay a $100.00 to get right with his payments.
The pastor admitted he wanted to polish his tarnished Child Support delinquent case since he wanted to run for office.
The black community fails by the lapses in the instittutuions that should support children: preachers, churches, pols, schools and national black activists.

arguablybetter

May 21st, 2012
12:54 pm

haha, yeah prolifeordie, death of children is the best case scenario.

Les

May 21st, 2012
12:54 pm

The women are more to blame than he is. He is the father of 30 children from 11 women. That means some of the women mothered his children multiple times. As a women who is the mother of his child (for which he is not paying child support), why would you birth another kid for him. Some of these women laid-up with him over and over again, even though he was not paying child support, and had fathered countless other kids.

Animal Control

May 21st, 2012
12:56 pm

Sounds like someone needs to be fixed or imprisoned…either way, it will prevent any more idiocity from taking place.

gsmith

May 21st, 2012
12:58 pm

No need to worry about these kids, they will all get passed along in public schools then the tax payers can pay for them to go to college because colleges must accept unqualified minority students then the state and federal government can give them jobs becasue they are black. so basically we pay for them from birth thtough middle age and into retirement from their pensions!! its a bootiful thing isnt it

Kyle

May 21st, 2012
12:59 pm

Looking forward to the Lifetime Channel movie that makes these women out to be victims.

BigBoom NY

May 21st, 2012
1:03 pm

gsmith- so white of you to come that conclusion, but if you were to do your research. There are just as many whites collecting Assistance than Minorities . So before you try t swallow all blacks up n your racist comments. do your homework!!!!!!!

The Factor

May 21st, 2012
1:03 pm

You can see why the bell curve for US society intelligence continues to drop with all these babies being born to low IQ mothers. These kids will have little chance and will likely turn out like their mom”s only to do the same. What about all the punks who have 8 -10 kids to different low IQ mom’s? You can only wonder what America will look like in 50 years.

Natalia

May 21st, 2012
1:07 pm

How the hell does people like this get away with it, my husband has 1 child from a past marriage, he pays $650.00 on below average income. If he is one day late, that lady is beating down the court house doors to have him arrested. I often end up paying for it out of my income! He’s not a deadbeat, the state screwed him on the % of income he pays.

I really don’t get this, how do these people get away with it and YES my husband is white.

Mike

May 21st, 2012
1:09 pm

Sounds like both the women and the deadbeat sperm donor should be sterilized. Stop popping out babies you can’t take care of…end of story.

JMM

May 21st, 2012
1:13 pm

These kids would be better off being raised by wolves.

missnadine

May 21st, 2012
1:15 pm

This stuff gets me so mad! Some people should be forcibly sterilized, and that goes for the women in this story too. Where are the pro lifers when this type of story comes out? What about when Octomom went on welfare? Some people are just too stupid to breed, and should not be allowed to. Is the world a better place with octomom’s 8 and this moron’s 30 kids?

Mike

May 21st, 2012
1:15 pm

To The Factor: watch the movie Idiocracy…nuf said.

JT

May 21st, 2012
1:20 pm

Mike

May 21st, 2012
12:42 pm

Can hardly wait for all of these kids to be on obamacare and then I can help pay!

Leave it to the conservatives to make it political

just mike

May 21st, 2012
1:26 pm

If he’s not able to support all the children, and the mothers aren’t either, we’re already paying for them, Obamacare or no.

Jerry

May 21st, 2012
1:28 pm

Why is this a color issue? What about the white congressman who is in arrears to the tune of $110,000.00. There is no reason to put a color to this. This is an American issue. We celebrate idiots of all colors all day long on our televisions and then we get upset when they live up to their “characters”? Really? The guy does needs to be locked away and the mothers too.

veedub

May 21st, 2012
1:29 pm

I knew what ethnic group the ‘father’ was before I clicked on the story. Shameful.

Tag

May 21st, 2012
1:32 pm

Probably has the brains of a rabbit too.

Danny

May 21st, 2012
1:34 pm

@Jerry, well put. No matter the color, its an American issue.

Reality

May 21st, 2012
1:46 pm

No doubt he and “hissuns” are Obama voters

big g dawg

May 21st, 2012
1:50 pm

12 idiots involved here and the sad part is 30 kids that will more than likely continue the cycle. If the government would pass a law that required individuals to meet a certain level on an IQ test or be medically sterilized the cycle of stupidity would possibly end.

PL

May 21st, 2012
1:53 pm

This guy is not a father, he is a baby maker. There is a difference. The video shows him with a cell phone, dressed in the latest fashionable clothing and well groomed. It illustrates that he has the capability of providing more than just $1.49. The state should request even more of his supposed minimum wages.

Baddabing

May 21st, 2012
1:57 pm

Unfortunately this probably happens a lot more often than most of us think. Besides the irresponsible behavior of the father and mothers, the government will reward them for their irresponsibility. There’s no accountability. Fast forward 20yrs and see what kind of productive adults these kids become. Sad, very sad. The decline of morals in this country is going to be it’s undoing. Immorality does not discriminate by race, creed, or social standing.

GOD OF WAR

May 21st, 2012
2:02 pm

GOD OF WAR

May 21st, 2012
2:04 pm

But now the women wanna cry foul.. As Fred G Sandford says. “You big dummy” I bet all those dummies knew about each other and wanted to see who could get pregnant to keep the bigger dummy..

Tee off

May 21st, 2012
2:06 pm

He said he was going to stop at 21. Now he’s at 30 and I bet he gets to 40 by the time he’s 40. Just when you think you’ve seen dumb…………This selfish loser has potentially ruined 30 lives and what makes you think he’s going to stop. This is a very sad story!

Smokey

May 21st, 2012
2:07 pm

Some can’t keep their pants zipped up.

Jason

May 21st, 2012
2:10 pm

Mike

May 21st, 2012
12:42 pm

>Can hardly wait for all of these kids to be on obamacare and then I can help pay!

I think everyone who followed Rush Limbaugh with his “Don’t pay for birth control” rant should be forced to chip in. I would have gladly paid for birth control pills for those 11 women AND a vasectomy for this idiot. Why do pro-lifers stop caring as soon as the baby pops out?

goodmom

May 21st, 2012
2:10 pm

I am white and on public assistance. My white baby daddy has 8 kids by four diffenct women. So tell me what does race have to do with anything??? My ex is garbage and has only seen my 5 year old twice in his life. Deadbeat dads have no race!!!!

bookman parrot

May 21st, 2012
2:12 pm

you wouldn’t like what i have to say about what should occur with this idiot.

missnadine

May 21st, 2012
2:14 pm

Mike – you are an idiot. How does Obamacare get into this discussion? with 30 kids between a few months and 14 years old, it is obvious that the Bush administration was in place for a ton of these births. Problem is -no government will tackle this type of issue. He’ll continue making babies, and his kids will do the same. Not a black issue. Imagine what Octomom’s kids will be when they grow up.

missnadine

May 21st, 2012
2:19 pm

Oh and Mike, I didn’t realize that Obama’s healthcare reform law retroactively knocked up women for the last 14 years. Who knew?

see no evil

May 21st, 2012
2:28 pm

More proof that heterosexuals make better parents?

Rawdog

May 21st, 2012
2:40 pm

Maybe the magic negro (Obama) can bail him out. Big, black, and stupid is no way to go thru life. Or as they say on the mean streets of Atlanta, “Make a life, take a life”. Losing.

Malika

May 21st, 2012
2:42 pm

After having to sort through so many racist comments that often occur on ajc articles of this nature, I have to say that I’m proud of many of white readers comment about how this problem is not an issue of race. You have all restored my faith in how awesome, diverse, loving, and intelligent this city really is.

Lee

May 21st, 2012
2:43 pm

Let’s not refer to race, creed or color, less we forget Octomon. I to think he and the women he slept with are disguisting and the government shouldn’t be made to pay for his children. He should be made to get a 2nd, or 3rd job and so should the mothers. And they should be court ordered to set up a day care system amoung them to look after the children. Nor should he be allowed to have anymore. This is disguisting and sick for them all and yes, the children will suffer for their ignut a– parents stupidity.

missnadine

May 21st, 2012
2:45 pm

Malika – fortunately, most white people are the opposite of Rawdog, veedub (name says it all) and Mike. You can bet that any of these cowards only speak their mind on the internet, where their sorry asses can remain anonymous.

LawDawg

May 21st, 2012
2:45 pm

And….here is what is wrong with America. Clearly the key is to fight against birth control on religious grounds, because this is definitely what we want in this society.

Santorum 2016!!!

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urban redneck

May 21st, 2012
2:46 pm

i had to read this to make sure it wasn’t about me………

Tisha

May 21st, 2012
2:48 pm

one word and four syllables! “Vasectomy”….. there should have been a court ordered issued for him 10 kids ago!