by Nick Beres
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It is one of Metro’s most expensive child support cases and the father in question considers himself to be quite the ladies man.
“I was young and ambitious and I love women. You can’t knock no man for loving women,” said Orlando Shaw whose relationships have led to several children.
The 33-year-old Shaw admitted to fathering 22 kids by 14 different women. Those mothers — through Child Support Services — took Shaw to court for tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid child support over the years.
It is estimated the state pays more than $7,000 each month in assistance to help support all of Shaw’s children.
“How do we apply our child support guidelines to this many children in this many households,” said magistrate Scott Rosenberg.
Rosenburg said Shaw would have to take three or four full-time jobs to even come close to paying the child support he owes. Shaw said his prior criminal history makes it hard for him to find a job.
Shaw said he’s proud of all his children.
“I love my kids and I can care less about what anyone thinks about it,” said Shaw. He said by having all these children it helps his Shaw family legacy live on. “I’ll be sure we’ll be here for years and years to come.”
Shaw will likely go to trial on the child support case. The magistrate could send him to jail, yet again. He’s been there several times before. The court has also been working to help Shaw get more involved with his children’s lives even if he can’t do so financially.
Metro handles literally thousands of child support payment cases every year and Shaw’s ranks near the top involving the number of children who are receiving little or no support.