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Father of 30 Wants Child Support Help from the State

Should the government step in to support the many children of one man even though fathering thirty children is not a responsible act? A father of 30 children, from 11 mothers, is pleading with the state to help him out with child support. Desmond Hatchett, 33, of Knoxville, Tennessee, isn’t denying fathering any of his 30 children, but with holding a minimum wage job, he isn’t able to make ends meet and make his child support payments.

Because of the wage he earns, some moms only receive $1.49 a month in support. A mother definitely cannot support a child on $1.49 a month! Hatchett’s children range in age from toddlers to 14. Hatchett explained that one year he had four kids twice in the same year. He set the paternity record for Knox County that year. Hatchett may have set the record, but fathering so many children with no means of support is definitely not a responsible act.

Hatchett had not broken any laws fathering so many children, WREG-TV noted, and the state had no means to require him to stop. An Assistant Supervisor with the Knox County Child Support Clerk’s Office, Melissa Gibson, told the Los Angeles Times that she wished something could be done saying that if there’s something out there like that, I’m unaware of it. Gibson then added that there definitely needs to be somethng to prevent this from happening again.