That's why I've always found it so interesting to see people from their Wally Cleaver suburban upbringings constantly judging this kid.
14 year old drug addict/dealer prostitute gets knocked up by 42 year old low life, hardly Archie and Olivia Manning.
Considering the circumstances Dez has done a damn good job overcoming adversity. Had his mother not been the aforementioned drug addict lunatic he probably would have a clean record.
Lived in 8 different homes through high school, mom in and out of jail, hell of a path for a young man to walk.