Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Fatherhood In The Age Of Obama

You have to say this much for Desmond Hatchett: He has a way with the ladies.

The 33-year-old Knoxville, Tenn., man reportedly has set a Knox County record for his ability to reproduce. He has 30 children with 11 women. Nine of those children were born in the past three years, after Hatchett — who is something of a local celebrity — vowed "I'm done!" in a 2009 TV interview, saying he wouldn't father more children.

But Hatchett is back in the news this week because he's struggling to make ends meet on his minimum-wage job. His inability to make child-support payments on such a meager salary also means he's back in court again and again, most recently to ask for a break on those payments.

"Yes, we've got several cases with Mr. Hatchett," said Melissa Gibson, an assistant supervisor with the Knox County child-support clerk's office.


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