TN:Man Fathered Over 20 Kids Seeks Child Support Modification

In court for child support, a Tennessee mom learned her boyfriend of eight years fathered 20 other children.

Terry Turnage filed a petition at the Shelby County Juvenile Court to lower his child support payments to 15 different women.

Turnage didn't show up for the hearing, but his former girlfriend Latoya Shields did.

Shields says she had to sit down when prosecutor told her the news.

"At that time, three years ago, my child was the 21st child."

Shield says Turnage is supposed to pay 259-dollars a month in child support, but she has yet to see that kind of money.

The mom says Turnage's sporadic payments are usually between six and nine dollars.


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  • by Wondering on Jun 27, 2012 at 10:51 AM
    Of all these women, I find it hard to believe no one knew of his many children. They knew his history. WHY get involved with him in the first place? Sad thing is it takes two to make a baby so you're as responsible as he is. His actions indicate he doesn't care. I can't see the court getting "blood from a turnip" as the saying goes. Time to be "snipped."
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      by Jalissa Ellis on Jun 27, 2012 at 12:49 PM in reply to Wondering
      You got a point there.
  • by rodsmith on Jun 26, 2012 at 08:40 PM
    the man is obviously slime. BUT sorry to tell you this ladies but it does take TWO to make a baby. If you can't suport one you have no business doing anything that MIGHT result in one!
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      by Jalissa Ellis on Jun 26, 2012 at 09:02 PM in reply to rodsmith
      There's truth to that statement.
  • by Bunny Location: Dothan on Jun 26, 2012 at 07:46 AM
    What a lazy, sorry, idiot! He should have to work long hours every single day, for the rest of his life to pay for those children he fathered. And yes, he should have to have a vasectomy...and have to pay for it himself! Seriously, I wonder how many of those children are on welfare because of their parent's irresponsibility? The women are responsible for having these children too. Lazy, irresponsible people are one of the main reasons this country is in such a mess!
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      by Jalissa Ellis on Jun 26, 2012 at 02:35 PM in reply to Bunny
      We enjoy hearing your opinions.
  • by loretta Location: midland city on Jun 20, 2012 at 03:46 PM
    the court should have ordered him to have a vasectomy after having (a amount the judge decided) children. that way the government (taxpayers) are not responsible for his inresponsibility!!!!!!!!!
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      by Jalissa Ellis on Jun 20, 2012 at 05:46 PM in reply to loretta
      I wonder if the court has tried that.
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