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How Many is Too Many Kids?
Twice in his life, Desmond Hatchett became a father four-times over. That’s eight kids born in two separate years. The man now being called “Octodad,” has Octomom beat to the tune of 30 children–THIRTY.
Hatchett, from Knoxville, Tenn., has so many children that he’s struggling to keep up with child-support payments. In fact, he just cannot do it and wants the state to help. But this begs the question…at what point does it become sexual promiscuous, poor decision-making, or simply whoring around? I mean does it matter if you are the Duggars with dozens of children and married or a single man?
Hatchett’s story has become well known in part because of the volume of children and the number of baby mothers but also because he, like the Octomom seems to have poorly planned to care for the large family he helped create.
Hatchett is said to believe to hold the record for the most children in Knox County, according to Melissa Gibson, an assistant supervisor with the child-support clerk’s office. But she said Friday that she didn’t immediately have the precise number of offspring available.
WREG reported that he has 30 children by 11 different women. Nine of those children came about in the last three years — and they range in age from toddler to 14.
Oddly, news reports now say a man named Desmond Hatchett from Knoxville, Tenn., has been behind bars at the Morgan County Correctional Complex since November 2009 following an aggravated-assault conviction. Dorinda Carter, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Correction, confirmed this but it might — or might not — be the same man. (The man behind bars is 32 years old, and local media have said the Octodad Hatchett is 33.)
But this story illustrates a lot of questions for men, especially black males who fairly or unfairly have a reputation of multiple children with multiple “baby mama’s.” Why would someone of average means put themselves in a position to become a parent so ofetn? What does this behavior say about fitness to become a parent? Is this more than poor judgment?