MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis man with at least 25 kids by 15 different mothers is at it again.
More women claim he’s fathered children, and he’s still not paying up.
WREG-TV reported on Terry Turnage two years ago. He was nicknamed the worst deadbeat dad ever. He’s now wanted in another state by more women.
“Everybody tells me, ‘What you doing talking to him? How you didn’t know he had all these kids?’ Uh duh, I’ve been in school. I wasn’t out like that,” 22-year-old Paula Stewart said.
Stewart says she now knows the father of her 2-year-old son is the father of many.
Turnage appeared in court in rags, but around Forrest City, he’s known as the flashy club owner that drives fancy cars and goes by the name TYB. Those who know Turnage say it stands for ‘Take your B—-!’
Miesha Davis said she found out about Turnage when she called the Forrest City child support office.
“When I called. She was like, ‘Who?’ I said Terry T. Turnage. She was like, ‘He’s famous,'” Davis said.
Stewart said, “They told my child made number 24.”
Davis said, “Yeah, she told me mine was 26 when I came. There’s one in between ours.”
WREG-TV met Paula the same day we met Miesha outside child support court in Forrest City. Turnage was ordered there, too. He never showed, so Paula called.
The conversation went like this:
Paula: Dude, don’t play stupid.
TYB: Paula, what’s up?
Paula: Where you at?
TYB: What’s up?
Paula: Ain’t you supposed to be up here?
TYB: I’m supposed to be up where?
Paula: Up here at the courthouse.
TYB: What am I supposed to be up there for?
Paula: You know what you’re supposed, so you ain’t get your papers?
Paula: He hung up.
The story of these two mothers mirrors those in Memphis first reported about in 2012. They say Turnage fathered their children and pays little or nothing to support them.
“I only got $6, $9,” one mother told WREG.
Another mother said, “$1.26.”
WREG-TV tried to catch up with Turnage, but each time they went to the house, no one answered. The mothers say he’s still not living up to his responsibilities.
“He’s going to tell me, ‘I don’t care if the President say he mine. He ain’t mine,'” Davis said.
Stewart and Davis say they haven’t received a dime since their boys were born.
Yet Turnage, who told a Memphis judge he was broke, flaunts a lavish lifestyle around town and on Facebook.
He flashes wads of money, puts his name on luxury cars, and after a recent big birthday bash at his club, bragged about having a $250 bottle of Hennessy. He said 700 people turned out for the two-day event. Among those in the crowd, Stewart and Davis.
When asked why they paid money to attend the party of a man who refuses to take care of their children, they said they just wanted to have fun.
“To have fun,” Davis said. “Just to have a good time.”
Stewart added, “It wasn’t nothing. It wasn’t to see him.”
Terry Turnage, Jr., is listed as the owner of the Forrest City Club.
The mothers say the man they know as TYB hides the things he owns in the names of his children, yet doesn’t contribute to their well-being, and worse, doesn’t even acknowledge some of them.
“We be trying to warn females, some females or other people that be coming to us asking about him, but they don’t listen,” Davis said. “They don’t listen at all.”
Most of the court records filed against Turnage are not public because they involve children, so it is difficult to find out exactly how many children he has fathered.