SMH: Man Does A Year In Jail After Not Paying Child Support For A Child That Is Not His

- By Bossip Staff Categories: Babies, Baby Mama Drama, Bolitics


Frank Hatley was just released from prison after he was jailed for not paying child support for a child that is not his:

Frank Hatley spent the past year in jail for being a deadbeat dad. But there’s one problem — Hatley doesn’t have any children. And, the “deadbeat” label doesn’t fit the 50-year-old either, his supporters say. After a hearing, Hatley was released from the Cook County Jail in south Georgia Wednesday afternoon, with the help of the Southern Center for Human Rights.

Superior Court Judge Dane Perkins ruled that Hatley was indigent and should not be jailed for not being able to make child support payments. Perkins postponed a decision on whether Hatley should have to make any more back payments on child-support for a child who is not his. In June of last year, a judge ordered Hatley to jail for failing to reimburse the state for public assistance that was paid to support his “son,” who, as the court was aware, is not actually his son.
The story dates back to 1986, when Hatley had a relationship with Essie Lee Morrison. She became pregnant and gave birth to a son. Morrison told Hatley that the child was his, but……the couple ended their relationship shortly after the boy’s birth, according to court documents. The couple never married and never lived together, the documents state.

When the boy turned 2, Morrison applied for public support for her son. Under Georgia law, the state can go after the non-custodial parent to recoup the assistance. For 13 years, Hatley made payments to the state until learning, in 2000, that the boy might not be his biological son. A DNA test that year confirmed that there was no chance he was the father, according to court documents. Hatley returned to court and was relieved of any future child support reimbursement but was ordered to pay more than $16,000 that he had owed the state before the ruling.

Latesha Bradley, an attorney who represented Hatley in that hearing, told CNN the argument for keeping Hatley liable for the back payments was that he had signed a consent agreement with the office of child support services. The court agreed that Hatley had to comply with the consent agreement for the period that he believed the boy was his son.

Court documents show that Hatley for the most part continued to make payments. He was jailed for six months in 2006 for falling behind on payments during a period of unemployment, but afterward he resumed making payments and continued to do so even after he lost another job in 2008 and became homeless, court records state. Last year, he again became unable to maintain the payments and was once again jailed.

The circumstances of Hatley’s arrest didn’t feel right to many, including Cook County Sheriff Johnny Daughtrey. “I knew the gentleman’s plight and didn’t know how to help him,” Daughtrey told CNN. About two months ago, when attorneys from the Southern Center for Human Rights visited his jail, Daughtrey alerted them to Hatley’s case.

If a woman tricks a man under false circumstances, how in the f*ck is he supposed to pay for that and not the woman performing the trickery and fraud?



  • Resurrected

    I say get a lawyer and get some of that money back from they state…

  • Fernand

    The boy is not his so he does not have to pay jack. Let the state go after the real father!

  • pm

    “DNA tests” saving black men since 1987

  • rose by any other name

    so damn quick the white bas*ards to put a black man in jail !!

  • Girl Please Make My Day

    DNA tests at birth. Wonder why Congress isn’t on that one.

  • Balls Deep

    This is some BS!! it should be MANDITORY for all kids who are born when the father is about to sign the birth certificate they should do a paternity test.

  • Big Roy

    Stories like that really should anger people…

  • Typical Ignorant GA Justice

    I am not surprised of this ignorant dumb down south b.s. Lock people up that deserve to be locked up. The State needs to give that man his money & dignity back. Lock that witch up who lied on him. And they say Justice is bias. If you believe that you believe in the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy & Santa Claus.

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  • 303

    o well

  • beauty

    wow this is crazy how on earth can they do that he needs to get the best lowyer he can find and get that money he paid and more from state for them not doing there job and for puttinghim in jail if he has any since he would get paid from this and they owe him a public appology.

  • We "Blacks" Are The REAL Hebrew Israelites

    So wrong. So very wrong.

  • Man, I just don't care™

    “DNA tests” saving black men since 1987


  • Somer

    DNA tests at birth. Wonder why Congress isn’t on that one

    I’ve been saying that for years. The state want their money back no matter who pays. I can’t believe he continued to pay after he found out he wasn’t the daddy.

  • WordtotheWise

    This is truly a sad story. I know this brother can’t get back the years he spent in jail, but I hope he gets royally compensated for what they’ve put him through. I wonder if putting men in jail for non-payment of child support is the best way to handle the situation. Just a thought.

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