A 33-year-old Tennessee man with 30 children has asked the state for a break on his child support payments.
Desmond Hatchett of Knoxville, Tenn. fathered 30 kids with 11 different women and is having trouble supporting them all, WREG-TV reported.
Appearing in court this week, Hatchett said he’s struggling to make ends meet on his minimum-wage job. The state takes half his paycheck and divides it up among the mothers — meaning some receive as little as $1.49 a month.
His oldest child is 14. The youngest is a toddler.
How exactly did he end up with so many? As he explained once in a television interview — back in 2009 when he had just 21 — “I had four kids in the same year. Twice.” In that same interview he also swore he was “done” having children.
Despite Hatchett’s prolific reproductive capabilities — believed to be a county record — officials say he hasn’t broken any laws and that there’s nothing they can do to keep him from fathering any more.
“If there’s something out there like that, I’m unaware of it,” Melissa Gibson with the Knox County child support clerk’s office told the Los Angeles Times. “It definitely needs to be.”