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.

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  • overseas_honeybee

    I can’t …

  • Ms. Information

    Not to blame women…but we are the carriers, the carriers ALWAYS have more responsibility….we have to be smarter because some of the men aren’t going to…just know when you open your legs that if a baby comes out of it, there is a big chance that you will be on your own.

    • Lady P

      I agree with you 100%. Well said. .

    • rmccall12304

      Thank you, Ms. Well said. I would like to add, if you have not grown from the experience, now there is a child out there with a child taking care of them. Oh my goodness and we wonder why our children are out of wack.

    • edub

      I agree 100%.

      This is what I don’t get. People make better decisions about how to keep their ipods from being stolen than they do about whose penis can ejaculate inside of their vaginas.

    • Thinkofnext

      Very true…we women have so much power than we know. Once a woman has a child she could be on her own caring for that child depending on the type of man she has the child for.

    • cece1012003

      I completely agree with you. It makes me so angry there aren’t any kind of comments about men doing better. It’s all “women have to be careful this, and set better standards that”. I hardly ever hear about how men need to not be so thirsty, always laying up in the bedroom, choose wisely and all that goodness. Work from both ends.

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  • Lady P

    I am shaking my head. This is beyond disgusting. A physiological imbalance for certain exists with this Hatchet dude and especially with the women. It is so embarrassing for our community. As mentioned by another poster, the cycle of dysfunction and DESTRUCTION continues. Tax dollars are at work being allocated to less commendable programs due to ridiculous decisions. I wish not to see kids starve; however, at the same time parents should be held more accountable for THEIR actions. Think about how the entire population is affected. It is clear that this dude could care less about anything or anybody. Next, the women *shakes my head again* is more concern about just having a man even if it is for temporary pleasure and a baby. More than likely, their decisions have created an unpleasant situation for their parents as well.

    This is just an embarrassing situation all the way around. In our community due to some (maybe most) of our actions, you have to throw up your hands and agree with the conservatives. If you choose a man that can’t provide for his seed, it is direct reflection of who you are. At the end of the day, it does make the women look worse because of her choices.

    • Ms. Information

      +1..I was thinking that too..this must be a psychological thing..on the man and the women’s part…but I do think that when people KNOW that they can get healthcare, food, housing, utility assistance the idea of ‘planning” for a family becomes foreign..the government will take care of them, probably for the majority of their lives.

    • rmccall12304

      The sad reality is that as women move to higher levels of learning, social responsibility, and employment, there is always the mythical “Welfare Queen” peering up our dresses. I have nothing against social programs. They are necessary. It is the irresponsible men and women I would like to run into the sea of forgetfulness. How dare we justify those women’s lax character. I cheer the ones that are not asking for support and are holding their own. There were only 11 cases on the docket. So a few wised up.

    • Lady P

      @ Ms. Information

      Thank you! I meant psychological..multi-tasking this morning! Yes for sure, these people are well aware of government assistance. Not only that, generational welfare recipients are a part of this picture as well. This makes it more inevitable for a cycle of dysfunction to continue from seed to seed.

      Also, I wonder if there’s a competition thing that’s going on here. 30 kids and 11 mothers, yeah they know each other. I’m sure a few live in the same housing complex. Hmm…I would love to conduct a survey. Never mind, that would be too draining..LOL!

    • Krishna

      Great comment Ms. Lady P! I agree with you 100%.

  • apple

    Unpopular opinion but this why I support abortion and sterilizations. Some people dont deserve to have kids.

    • Lawd, lawd, lawd…

      +1. There are so many stages at which these mistakes could be prevented/corrected. Why are we so ignorant about abortion? It’s a viable and (mostly) still legal option. Use it, people!