Two Mid-South dads with a near combined 50 children

Published: May. 23, 2012 at 1:48 AM CDT|Updated: May. 23, 2012 at 2:49 AM CDT
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The story of a Tennessee father of 30 made national headlines when he petitioned the state for child support. Since then, Action News 5 has found two Mid-South dads who are working to feed more than a combined 40 children.

"I haven't seen a case with that many children before," said attorney Warren Campbell.

Campbell is talking about the case of Terry Tyrone Turnage, the father or 23 children with 17 different women. His case to modify child support set for juvenile court next month will take up the entire docket for the day except for one other case.

After days of searching, we were never able to find Turnage, but we did find another Memphis man with 25 children with 18 women.

"I'm constantly receiving phone calls from people who know this man. They are trying to get in contact with him," said Richard A. Colbert.

Colbert says he has gotten calls from mothers and children wanting child support from Richard M. Colbert, the man with 25 children.

Action News 5 found Richard M. Colbert and though he didn't want to look at our camera he did say he does not have any cases in juvenile court because he says all 25 of his children are adults. He says he has had to go to court in the past.

When asked if he had planned to have 25 children. Colbert said, "you never start counting how many kids you expect to have."

Warren Campbell says if the person ordered to pay child support doesn't pay, the state ends up paying and there is no legal way to stop people from having children.

Richard M. Colbert feels lucky.

"Everybody's not able to have children," Colbert said.

Action News 5 contacted the Department of Human Services, the agency familiar with the Terry Turnage case and his 23 children. They have not yet gotten back with information on the case.

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