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Ok, so you know I was going to hit on this one for sure!!! A man has 21 kids and he is only 29 years old! WTF is up with that?
Watch the video and the transcript is below in italics and I will chime in after that to give you my opinion!!!
This is a shame for too many to name!!!
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) — On paper, he has 20 possibly 21 children.
With a minimum wage job, he can’t afford to support them all.
What is the state to do?
Desmond Hatchett, 29, told WVLT he wasn’t out to set a record, though he certainly holds it in Knox County Juvenile Child Support Court.
Hatchett’s children range in age from newborn 11.
There are at least 11 mothers; probably several more.
Constitutionally, there is nothing the state can do to limit him from having more.
“I had four kids in the same year. Twice.” Desmond Hatchett told Volunteer TV.
On Friday, his name appeared on the docket 11 times; Representing about 15 of his 21 children.
“Can you keep up with it all?” WVLT asked Hatchett.
“Yeah,” he said.
“You know all their names, and ages and birthdays?”
Hatchett’s name is pretty controversial at the old courthouse.
“The children can’t be supported all by Desmond, so the state of Tennessee has had to step in,” Hatchett’s attorney Keith Pope said.
It’s your tax dollars at work.
WVLT spoke with one mom who has two children with Hatchett.
She is supposed to get $67.50 a month. But many times, she gets a lot less than what she’s owed.
They all do.
“It’ll make it through half the month,” the unidentified mom said.
She told Volunteer TV, Hatchett is the father of her two sons. And she says her 4-year-old is expensive enough on his own. “He’s a heavy milk drinker. And milk is not cheap,” she said.
“It’s frustrating, but usually, when I ask he give it to me,” she continued.
It’s due process– the state is only allowed to take 50% of Hatchett’s paycheck.
That’s 50% split multiple times.
“You look at when they filed, how many children they have– he has several mothers that he has two children with. And, it’s tough” Pope explained.
Still, Hatchett says the women knew what they were getting into.
They were all aware of his large family.
One said, she doesn’t like it but she deals with it. “It’s about the kids. Not the parents,” she said.
Hatchett agrees he should do what’s best for the kids.
“Do you intend to keep having children?” WVLT asked.
“No.” Hatchett replied.
“I’m done. I’ll say I’m done.”
“What made you say that?”
“I didn’t intend to have this many. It just happened,” Hatchett said.
Desmond Hatchett spent part of Friday afternoon jailed while a child support referee decided how to split up the $400 he brought to court.
If he doesn’t pay what he owes, he will go back to jail because he is on an automatic jail order.
The mothers of Hatchett’s children are supposed to get anywhere from $25 to $309 a month, but when his paycheck is garnished amongst them all, some women only get a $1.98 a month.
So much to say. So many dumbasses in one place. Some of the women get 1.98 per month, can you cash a check for 1.98 with a straight face? So much stupidity. These women had to have known what they were getting into. You can hide two kids for a while, you might even be able to hide 4 kids. But 10? 13? 18? So much stupidity, it hurts. Most people would have learned their lesson, and wrapped it up after the second or third child. Those of you who don’t know how to wrap it up, or have partners that can’t “remember” how to wrap it up go here.
Sad to say: the kids and the government will suffer. The kids will only have a part-time father. And, the government will have to provide food and Section 8 and whatever else they need. There is a solution: REALITY SHOW!! There is “Jon and Kate plus Eight”. They can have Desmond, Carmelontae, Fantasia, Equasia, Mochachetta, Equashenay, Zahquasia, Tangela, Sandriana, Romina, Letrovanay and Cashmere plus 21. Let these fools air their dirty laundry, add drama, a feud between Sandriana and Equasia. Bring in the in-laws and viewers will be HOOKED. Damn, I need a TV station.
*As if Octomom wasn't bad enough, Desmond Hatchett has now fathered at least 21 children he can't support. Hatchett was in child support court again last week. His name appeared on the dockett 11 times in one day, representing 15 of his children.
Hatchett says he wasn't out to set a record. He says he never intended to have this many children, "It just happened." He fathered the children by at least 11 different women and he claims all of the mothers knew about his large family. The children range in age from newborn to 11 years old.
The question Knox County officials now face is how to support all these children. Hatchett works a minimum wage job and by law the state can only take 50% of his paycheck for child support. By the time that money is split 21 ways, some of the mothers get less than $2 per month. That leaves the taxpayers footing a large portion of the bill for these children.
Even though Hatchett can't support the children he has, there is nothing the state can do to prevent him from having more. Hatchett reports that he had 4 children in one year, twice. He says he's done having children now, but only time will tell. He does say that he's a good father and knows the names, ages, and birthdates of all of his children.
All of the blame can't be placed on Hatchett in this case. One has to wonder about the women who chose to have his children. In the end, the children and the taxpayers of Tennessee will pay for their choices for years to come.