Happy Father’s Day, Desmond Hatchett

Well, if you don’t know who this upstanding citizen is, let me introduce you.  This is 33-year old Desmond Hatchett, who has the distinction in the state of Tennesseeof fathering 30 children with eleven different women.

In my day, there was an expression that it was easy to be a father, but hard to be a daddy.   In today’s vernacular, this guy is nothing more than a “babydaddy” or, in other words, according to the Urban Dictionary, a sperm donor.

In 2009, he had 21 children which means he had nine more children since then.  He had no problem revealing that at some point he “had four kids in the same year, twice.”  He’s got a “very long and serious criminal history” that includes “multiple assaults, multiple thefts, aggravated assault, multiple evading arrests, and several driving assaults,” according to a probation violation report. He has also been collared on narcotics charges and has shown “contempt for the rules of probation and of the court.” In fact, his rap sheet runs 14 pages.

This recent headline story is so wrong on so many different levels.

Let me start by addressing the women who voluntarily agreed to “couple” with this guy.  What kind of a woman would allow someone like this to be the father of her child?  They were not married to this guy.  With all the multiple births in one year, they had to have known he was bedding other women.  They had to have known about his criminal history.  They had to have known that he works a minimum wage job and wasn’t likely to be around to support their child(ren).  Whichever women had more than one child with him should be doubly ashamed of herself because she had already known that he wasn’t providing for the first child.

In a recent Gallup Values & Beliefs Survey, only 40% polled thought having a baby outside of marriage was morally wrong.  Fifty-four percent believed it was morally acceptable.  I’m in the 40% minority and I’d really like to hear from anyone in the 54% who thinks it’s morally acceptable for this one unmarried man to populate an entire classroom by himself.

He now has the gall to ask the state of Tennessee to give him a hand with his child support payments.  He works at one job, receives minimum wage, and his baby mamas receive about $1.49 a month after the split of his child support which wouldn’t feed a goldfish.

This kind of despicable behavior, lacking in all personal responsibility, dignity, self-respect or common sense, is allowed to flourish in our society because, generally, it is no longer shameful to have children born out of wedlock (as it once was) and is even more accepted in the black community where 72% of black babies are born to unwed mothers.

Statistics have shown that “children of unmarried mothers of any race are more likely to perform poorly in school, go to prison, use drugs, be poor as adults, and have their own children out of wedlock.”

I can’t even imagine the mindset of someone like Desmond Hatchett who not once, not twice, but thirty times has impregnated a woman with no sense of personal responsibility.  I don’t ever want to understand this type of behavior but I would venture a guess that he’s living his own reality tv show.  I pray that these 30 innocent children, created by their parents’ thoughtless behavior, will skip a generation and become productive, dependable and capable members of society.

I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
Author website: http://www.idontgetit.us
  • dxp2718

    Children out of wedlock are not universally a problem; there are stable, two-parent homes providing well for their children without government support but in which the parents are not married to each other. There are also single parents who provide adequately for their children; some women want to have children but do not find the right guy to have them with and their time is running out, and if they can support those children alone, then it’s their choice to get pregnant out of wedlock (via a sperm donor of any kind). The underlying problem is having children you cannot support. Procreating willy-nilly with no means of supporting the children is the issue here, not children born out of wedlock. Both men and women should be held accountable for producing children they cannot support.

  • Chief98110

    It is easy enough to see  that Mr. Hatchett is a dirt bag. What is not
    so easy to see is the future of the children he has fathered. It is
    possible that some of them will skip a generation of criminal and
    anti-social behavior but without a good role model and stability in
    their lives the odds are against them. Mr Hatchett has a lot to answer
    for but in the end he will be judged by a higher authority.

  • Roger Ward

    Why do you believe that he only has the 30 children he admits to?  I’m sure that he has more.  (Where’s Maury Povitch when you need him?)  If, in fact, he has “only” 30 kids, you can be sure he’s not done yet.  Let’s all give thanks to the bleeding heart liberals for their compassion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Walters/100003306925750 Jim Walters

    While I cannot and willnot even attempt to defend this idiot’s behavior, I must say that painting all unmarried persons who have a child with this brush is no more accurate than stereotyping any sub-group of the population based upon the actions of a very few in that group.  There are a great number of unmarried persons who have children and raise them to be decent enough citizens, if they are only average.

    Simply quoting statistics as proof is by no means credible, as a great American from more than 100 years ago pointed out, “there are lies, damnable lies, and statistics”…

    • ph16

      Yes there are, but there are also many unmarried persons with children in the same conditions Leona describes. Also, consider this, a child who is in a single parent household is more likely to experience poverty than a two parent household.

      • dxp2718

        There are plenty of two-parent households in which the parents are not married, especially in states that don’t allow some people to marry the person they love and want to raise a family with.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Oliva/1055720419 John Oliva

    Bernie, This prolific breeder isn’t done yet………

  • Cuttimerabc

    The  good  news is that if his offspring are  1/6 as prolific as he  there  will only  be 750 greatgrandchildren.  On the other hand if they live up to his standard there will be 27,000. We are looking at a lot of unnecessary  food stamps,  prison cells, free medical care  etc etc 

  • SouBelle

    The women are living off gov’t aid; food stamps and welfare. It’s so easy to get them these days, especially if you have children.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shaune-Kelly-Scott/545394514 Shaune Kelly Scott

    What kind of woman produces offspring with such a man? A poor excuse for a woman, that’s what kind.

  • CCNV

    Well, you know how the saying goes… If Obama had a son he would be like this.

    • Ron F

      What does this possibly have to do with President Obama?

      • CCNV

        Barack Obama talks about the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
        “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” Obama said.

        • Ron F

          But this isn’t Trayvon Martin or a teenager.  He is a 33 year old man.  I find Desmond Hatchett’s actions despicable but do not see how that can possibly be tied into President Obama.

          • Cuttimerabc

            The President’s remark in the Martin case were viewed by some as an attempt to use his  racial background  to interject himself into a state issue that did not need his assistance and appeared to be unnecessarily  fanning the flames of a highly charged case. This has resulted in many instances of others using the President’s  same logic to  point out  all sorts of folks who could be his offspring-usually to his detriment.

          • Ron F

            I understand that he interjected himself into an issue that just made a situation worse.  Does that mean we should interject him into all issues where there is a black person involved?

  • Bruce A.

    Some people have no shame, including this guy & any woman involved with him.

  • Nancye

    I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

    I don’t either!!!