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12:59 PM, May 22, 2012   |    comments
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Desmond Hatchett (MSNBC/WREG)

11Alive's Brenda Wood took on Knoxville resident Desmond Hatchett in Monday night's "Brenda's Last Word." Hatchett, 33, is the father of 30 children from 11 different women, and is now asking the state of Tennessee to give him a break on child support.

Hatchett, who some news outlets have dubbed the "Octodad," appeared in court last week to plead his case.

He only makes minimum wage and now gives half his pay to the mothers of all the children. Since Hatchett only makes minimum wage, some of the mothers end up receiving only $1.49 in monthly child support.

The children range in age from toddlers to 14.

"I had four kids in the same year. Twice," Hatchett said in explaining how he set the paternity record for Knox County.

According to Memphis station WREG, Hatchett was last in court in 2009, at which point he had 21 children; which means that in the past three years, Hatchett has fathered at least nine more children.

Melissa Gibson, an assistant supervisor with the Knox County child support clerk's office, told the Los Angeles Times that she wished something could be done. There are no laws in Tennessee limiting the number of natural children an individual may have.

"If there's something out there like that, I'm unaware of it," Gibson said, then added: "It definitely needs to be."

It was not clear what the next steps in Hatchett's appeal to the state would be.

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