Desmond Hatchett fathers 21 children by 11 women before turning 30
What do you think about this guy?
Desmond Hatchett, a Tennessee man, has fathered 21 children by 11 different women at the age of 29, an American court has heard.
Details of Desmond Hatchett's remarkable family emerged when he was taken to court by the authorities in Knoxville, Tennessee, for failing to keep up with maintenance payments.
He had four children in a single year � twice.
Mr Hatchett, who works in a minimum wage job, said that he was not trying to break a record and has no plans to have any more children.
He insists that he knows all of their names, ages and birthdays.
"I'm done. I'll say I'm done," he told WVLT local television.
"I didn't intend to have this many. It just happened."
Knox County Juvenile Child Support Court heard that the law prevents the state authorities taking more than half of his salary.
Although the mothers would normally receive between $25 (�15.60) and $309 (�194) a month depending on how many children they have, some of them will take away only $1.98 (�1.24) when the money available is divided up.
Hatchett's attorney Keith Pope said: "The children can't be supported all by Desmond, so the state of Tennessee has had to step in."
One of the mothers said that she struggled to feed her young son.
"He's a heavy milk drinker and milk is not cheap," she said.
Irresponsible, ram goat behaviour like that places a very heavy burden on the rest of society as the children cannot be ignored. It deprives them of the full benefits of fatherhood and the enjoyment of a good quality of life. Since the state has to intervene as far as taking care of the children is concerned, the state should also ensure that he can put no additional burden on society.
I think it's pathetic, and sooo unfair to the children involved. This guy's not going to stop, he's pumpin' up his own ego, and will probably continue this irresponsible way of life 'till he's dead in his grave!
I generally feel that the government should stay out of an individuals life style. However in this case he is effecting society as a whole and when we are forced to pay for his life style it is no longer a private matter.
But how do you make someone like him pay for his actions?
My deceased father, a man who had very little education as a result of his father's early demise, used to tell me " never let the small head rule the big head." As a youth I did not understand what he meant and my mother, who had more education than my father, felt that he was fulling my young brain with nonesense. But he was so right.
Are you speaking about the small head, Arrow?
I really can't say how the state could deal with a guy like that. Some smartass lawyer is bound to talk about his constitutional rights, as if rights have boundaries. Every one is entitled to his/her rights if those rights do not affect the rights of others.