From the WTH Files: Man With 30 Kids by 11 Women Begs For Child Support Relief

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Desmond HatchettMany Newsone readers may remember Desmond Hatchett, 33, the man who had 21 children with 11 different women. Well, he’s back in the news; this time he’s begging for help with child-support for his now 30 children!

Huffington Post reports:

Desmond Hatchett has fathered 30 children — which is believed to be the record in Knox county, according to the Los Angeles Times — with 11 different women. His youngest children are toddlers and his oldest is 14.

Hatchett reportedly asked the court to give him a break on his payments, claiming that he’s struggling to make ends meet with his minimum-wage job. Currently, the state requires him to divide 50 percent of his earnings among the 11 women, some of whom receive as little as $1.49 a month, WREG reports.

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How did Hatchett come to father so many children? “I had four kids in the same year. Twice,” he told Volunteer TV in 2009. He also told a local news station that year that he was “done” having kids (he had only 21 at the time).

As previously reported by Newsone, data from a 2009 Census report (the last date that statistics are available), “About half (46.8 percent) of parents owed child support in 2007 received the full amount, while nearly one-third (29.5 percent) received only a portion of the total due and about one-quarter (23.7 percent) received none of the child support they were owed.”

Of this number, Black children receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), through their custodial parents was dramatically higher than other ethnic groups:  “Among white, non-Hispanic children in families, 22.4 percent lived with a custodial parent. The proportion of Black children in families with a custodial parent was 48.2 percent. Among children of other races, including American Indians and Alaska Natives, and Asians and Pacific Islanders, 16.1 percent lived in a custodial-parent family. Approximately one-quarter (25.4 percent) of Hispanic children lived with a custodial parent.”

We have no sympathy at all for you, Mr. Hatchett, and neither should the court.

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