Despite the overwhelming number of places folks can score birth control, apparently 33-year-old Desmond Hatchet never heard of prophylactics. The Tennessee man made news, again, when he took to the airwaves begging for a handout to help him take care of his 30 children—four of whom were born in the same year.
I am hoping against hope that Hatchet is playing us all, but I don’t know any sane person who’d get on TV and admit to being a serial impregnator with a minimum wage job. So much for that welfare queen myth, Hatchett is a real-life Lothario indiscriminately sowing his oats to the nearest woman. But the state ain’t having it.
After being dragged into court 11 times and spending some time in jail for not making his child support payments back in 2009 (when he had 21 kids), Hatchett is apparently still at it, adding 9 more children to bring his total to 30.
Back in 2009 Tennessee’s WVLT reported:
On Friday, his name appeared on the docket 11 times; Representing about 15 of his 21 children.
“Can you keep up with it all?” WVLT asked Hatchett.
“Yeah,” he said.
“You know all their names, and ages and birthdays?”
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.
WVLT spoke with one mom who has two children with Hatchett.
She is supposed to get $67.50 a month. But many times, she gets a lot less than what she’s owed.
They all do.
“It’ll make it through half the month,” the unidentified mom said.
She told Volunteer TV, Hatchett is the father of her two sons. And she says her 4-year-old is expensive enough on his own. “He’s a heavy milk drinker. And milk is not cheap,” she said.
“It’s frustrating, but usually, when I ask he give it to me,” she continued.
For what it’s worth, Hatchett says he’s done having kids (then again, he said the same thing three years ago)—his current clan ranges from toddler to tweens. And despite his claim that he knows all of them, I doubt all of his children feel like they have a present father in their lives.
Although extreme, Hatchett and men like him serve as a reminder for women to be more discerning about who they sleep with and to always, always, pack their own birth control.