FORREST CITY, Ark. — A man considered to be one of the worst deadbeat dads in the Mid-South told a judge Tuesday why he can’t pay child support to two of his dozens of his children.
We first told you about Terry Turnage two years ago. Now even more women claim he’s fathered their children and that he’s not paying up.
He was arrested in St. Francis County, Arkansas, in November for not paying child support to two women in Forrest City who say they have children by Turnage.
Tuesday, one of the women spoke up about how Turnage needs to get his priorities straight.
News Channel 3 confronted a handcuffed Turnage outside the St. Francis County Jail.
“What are you going to say to the judge today? Sir, anything you want to say to your children?” we asked.
Turnage made no comment and showed no emotion as he was led into the St. Francis County Courthouse.
Turnage requested an appearance before Circuit Judge Ann Hudson, to plead his case on why he is unable to pay child support to two Forrest City women who had his children.
WREG has showed you how Turnage has been apparently leading a lavish lifestyle, posting pictures on Facebook of himself drinking high-priced whiskey, driving shiny cars, and calling himself “TYB.”
One of Turnage’s Forrest City children is 2-year-old Javion Davis, who spent much of Tuesday playing with ornaments on a Christmas tree outside the courtroom.
But there was no holiday spirit in Javion’s mother Miesha Davis, who said Turnage needs to “man up” and do the right thing for little Javion.
“Be some type of father figure in his life. Show him that you can take care of him and be a man. He knows who he is, but the daddy part…no. He just knows him as ‘TYB,'” Davis said.
Turnage was scheduled to post a $5,000 cash bond Tuesday in St. Francis County or face more jail time.
Davis said Turnage could have saved himself a lot of trouble by putting his children ahead of his lavish life style.
“You out here making all these kids and buying all this jewelry and cars. I mean it’s not hard for you to sit up and take of your kids. It’s not hard. If you did all this in the beginning, you wouldn’t have to go through all this,” Davis said.
Turnage was last on the docket of child support cases to come before Judge Hudson.
Hudson sentenced Turnage to 364 days in jail and ordered him to pay $6,120 in back child support he owes to the two Forrest City women. The judge said if Turnage pays the full amount he will get out of jail, but if not, he’ll stay in jail