The young mother, H.T."says she lived with her mother, who had to quit her job to care for the baby."
Well...the grandmother didn't have to quit her job to support the baby. That was a choice she made - a difficult choice, but not the only possibility. It makes me nuts when someone says they "had to" make some sacrifice for someone. Apparently abortion wasn't on the table even though she was 14 when she gave birth, but that could have been an alternative to suffering caused by one fewer paycheque in the family. It was her choice to leave her job. But that's just a minor point.
This detail gives a certain flavour to the story:
After a family court judge ordered Melendez to pay $110 a week in child support, Melendez asked for visitation rights, and offered to withdraw his request in exchange for not having to pay child support, according to the lawsuit.