Amber Miller, WVLT-TV (Knoxville, Tennessee), May 22, 2009
On paper, he has 20 possibly 21 children.
With a minimum wage job, he can’t afford to support them all.
What is the state to do?
Hatchett’s children range in age from newborn 11.
There are at least 11 mothers; probably several more.
Constitutionally, there is nothing the state can do to limit him from having more.
On Friday, his name appeared on the docket 11 times; Representing about 15 of his 21 children.
Hatchett’s name is pretty controversial at the old courthouse.
“The children can’t be supported all by Desmond, so the state of Tennessee has had to step in,” Hatchett’s attorney Keith Pope said.
It’s your tax dollars at work.
It’s due process–the state is only allowed to take 50% of Hatchett’s paycheck.
That’s 50% split multiple times.
Still, Hatchett says the women knew what they were getting into.
They were all aware of his large family.
One said, she doesn’t like it but she deals with it. “It’s about the kids. Not the parents,” she said.
“I didn’t intend to have this many. It just happened,” Hatchett said.
Desmond Hatchett spent part of Friday afternoon jailed while a child support referee decided how to split up the $400 he brought to court.
If he doesn’t pay what he owes, he will go back to jail because he is on an automatic jail order.