I just read the New York Times articles by Hilary Stout titled For Some Parents, Shouting Is the New Spanking. It a good read and references a few people that I just recently met...
Father of 30 Wants a Break on Paying Child Support
Every once in a while there is just something on the news that stuns me. It doesn’t happen often but it does happen. This is one of those stories.
Desmond Hatchett of Knoxville, Tennessee is a father who can no longer pay or wants some relief when it comes to making his child support payment. Desmond is the father of 30 children, ranging in age up to 14.
There are 11 mothers who are the recipients of 50 percent of his earnings from his minimum wage job with the lowest amount paid starting at around $1.49 per month.
I am completely floored by the fact that this man has fathered and/or continued to father so many children without being able to support them. In fact, he fathered four children in one year. TWICE!
Watch the Huffington Post video:
While the state cannot tell him to stop having kids and he has not broken any laws, what about the good of the children? Who will advocate for those kids?
WHAT SHOULD THE STATE OF TENNESSEE DO HERE?