A Tennessee man who spent years sowing his royal oats is now suffering to pay for his offspring. At the young age of 33, Desmond Hatchett made headlines for becoming the father to 30 children with 11 different women.
Memphis news station WREG reported the news of Hatchett appearing in court pleading for a judge for help with his child support payments for all 30 children. At the time of the report, his oldest child was 14-years-old and his youngest children were toddlers.
Hatchett was in court as early as 2009 for struggling to pay for 21 children at the time. He’s become quite popular in the Knox County court system for the unfortunate situation. Assistant supervisor in the child support clerk’s office Melissa Gibson stated “Yes, we’ve got several cases with Mr. Hatchett,” as reported by the Los Angeles Times.
His lawyer, Keith Pope, stated in an interview that “The children can’t all be supported by Desmond, so the state of Tennessee has had to step in.”
“I had four kids in the same year. Twice,” said Hatchett as reported by WREG, also claiming that he was “done having kids.” Hatchett was employed at a job that only paid out at minimum wage, causing him to struggle heavily with child support payments. Some of the women were receiving as little as $1.49 per month.
Hatchett claims that all of the women he was involved with knew of his history of having many children. One of his children’s mothers was interviewed and claimed that she rarely receives the monthly child support payments and believes she should receive more than what she gets. “It’s frustrating, but usually, when I ask he gives it to me,” she said.
Authorities in Knox County, TN reportedly claimed to take half of his monthly salary. Gibson also told the Los Angeles Times that Hatchett may be believed to have a record in Knox County for having the most children.
The community has since been calling for Hatchett to be castrated or banned from having any more children. Seemingly agreeing with the cries of the community, Gibson tells the Times, “If there’s something out there like that, I’m unaware of it. It definitely needs to be.”