Man With 30 Kids Requests Child-Support Leniency
A 33-year-old man from Tennessee with 30 children appeared in court this week to ask the state for child-support help.
Desmond Hatchett owes money to 11 different women for the 30 children he’s fathered - believed to be a record in Knox county. The youngest are toddlers, the oldest is 14.
“I had four kids in the same year. Twice," he told WVLT-TV back in 2009. “I didn’t intend to have this many children. It just happened.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, Hatchett has asked the court to cut him a break on child-support payments, as 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.
That's not going to go very far, especially considering the cost of raising a child has jumped 40% in the last decade.