Baby Boom: Lake Elsinore Mom Gives Birth to 17th Child

The Cason Crew has grown to 19 with the birth Tuesday of Vaughn Robert Dallas Cason at Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta. Vaughn came in at a healthy 8 pounds and 6 ounces, and is the couple’s 10th boy.

Christi Cason is pictured with her 17th child, Vaughn Robert Dallas Cason. (Courtesy photo)
Christi Cason is pictured with her 17th child, Vaughn Robert Dallas Cason. (Courtesy photo)

A Lake Elsinore couple who have been featured on various television series due to their unusually large family has just welcomed another child to their brood.

The Cason Crew has grown to 19 with the birth Tuesday of Vaughn Robert Dallas Cason at Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta. Vaughn came in at a healthy 8 pounds and 6 ounces, and is the couple’s 10th boy.

It marks the 17th natural birth for 42-year-old Christi Cason, who had two children before she married David Cason 22 years ago.

“Everything went really well...just looking at him, we can see a number 18,” Cason told Patch in a phone interview Thursday as she and her husband, a 46-year-old network engineer, were packing up to leave the hospital and head home to introduce Vaughn to his 16 siblings.

Nathaniel, who turned 3 years old on Sept. 1, is no longer the baby of the family. Then there are—from youngest to oldest—Sawyer, Laura, Morgan, Walker, Trevor, Rebekah, Emma, Harper, Kaylee, Gage, Bailey, Austin, Dalton, Jessica and Chad.

Christi said they don’t follow a certain religion, nor do they have anything against birth control. Saddened by a series of miscarriages after turning 40 years old, Christi, a grandmother to one, she said she visited her longtime OB/GYN. She was prescribed a hormone-stimulating medication that aided her ovulation, she explained. Though she said probably wouldn’t go that route again, they are not opposed to having another child.

So how do the dynamics of such a large family work? That exact question landed the Casons in a 2007 episode of TLC’s “Kids by the Dozen.” They also were later featured on BBC’s “Inside the Human Body." 

And in 2012, as part of National Geographic’s documentary series on “Megafamilies" around the world, the Casons divulged how they survive on one salary. Their move from a rented duplex to a five-bedroom home was also chronicled.

Camera crews aside, it takes a lot of teamwork, Christi said.

The oldest son, Chad, 23, can agree. He told Patch he enjoys cooking for the family, and is especially good at making spaghetti. It requires three pounds of hamburger and four boxes of his mom’s favorite spaghetti mix from Stater Bros., he said. Chad also helps drive his younger siblings to and from school and extracurricular activities.

“It is fun, it is cool I guess,” Chad said. “I would probably go insane if I was one of only two or three kids. With this, there is always someone to wake up at 2 in the morning to talk to. You always have a friend, that is the best thing.”

There also comes the challenge of naming each child as it comes along.

"The way we come up with names is that for the most part, we try to use less common names," Christi said. "Dave always hated being a David since there were alway so many around. His dad made him promise not to name any kids after him as his name was Homer."

Christi said they also use middle names to honor people, such as family members or friends.

"Vaughn's name (Vaughn Robert Dallas) came from three people we lost in recent years," she said. "Vaughn was the middle name of a boy who was very good friends with the kids who was killed three years ago, hit by a car on his bike. Robert is after my uncle Robert who died last year, and Dallas was our neighbor who had become very close to us who also was killed in a traffic accident."

As for disciplining their children, Christi said it is on a case-by-case basis.

“Every situation is different,” Christi said. “So say if a child lies to us, we say, ‘If you tell us the truth right now your punishment is going to be less severe.’ We also teach them that no matter what the group is doing, they have to make the decision to do the right thing.”

The family's blog can be followed at Thecasoncrew.blogspot.com.

Sonia Prince February 10, 2014 at 08:40 PM
Lotsahelp....I'm not the one saying "and this is the word of the lord" Nope, that never happens at my house or at any location I go to. It's either the word of the Lord or not. What? You changed the bible to fit your views? Really?
Sonia Prince February 10, 2014 at 08:41 PM
Lotsahelp, you have no opinion on Lyn's factual comments? She's pretty much saying the same things regarding birth rates being directly correlated to the lack of education (aka science) and poverty.
DB February 10, 2014 at 08:56 PM
Sonia Prince February 10, 2014 at 08:40 PM "You changed the bible to fit your views? Really? " Noting new here, it is after all, a novel, and not a very good one at that. Men have been interpreting and changing what they do not like about for 2000 years, noting new here. It's a story, and a recipe for living life that works for some. At the end of the day, this is the choice of the parent and none of your business. Sonia and Lyn (aka Jeff Kleiner) Get out of their bedroom unless you are paying their bills. Who the f...made you a god to sit in judgement of this family? I am guessing you are pissy because you could not have children and are against others that can.
Antonio February 10, 2014 at 09:06 PM
DB (aka Moron). Wrong guess.
Sonia Prince February 10, 2014 at 09:11 PM
DB, has to do with common sense. If you must know, yes I have three children,;and no, I don't hide behind a fake name to post on this blog. No one made me God, because God is as fictitious as the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. They are not fully supporting their family. You and I are paying their free lunches and so much more. If you had children, you could do the math! Would you be OK with everyone having 18 kids? Do you think we have enough water, housing, free lunch programs, etc to sustain such a population? Do you know how much it costs to raise a child? That "story" that works for some includes genocide, rape and killing. Who does that work for exactly? Again, you can't change the Bible to fit your modern views....it's either the word of GOD, or not.
lotsahelp February 10, 2014 at 09:18 PM
Please continue to not answer or address the issues I brought up. With regards to Lyn's "fact 'n stats" hat- she is predictable in her control issues. She has a tendency to link whatever results she wants to whatever fact she can find. Also- no one on this thread has argued for bigger families, what was argued is the right of individuals to decide for themselves, if they can afford it, what size family they have. You can hate religion(although you seem focused on christians generally and catholics specifically to the exclusion of all others) But please don't pretend that only stupid people are religious. There are millions and millions across the world who are "religious" (not all christians either) and not stupid. BTW the response coming from lyn will includhe following: "critical thinking, facts, zero population growth, large families only come from stupid people, I am rational you aren't....blah blah blah
Sonia Prince February 10, 2014 at 09:24 PM
FYI, Lotsofhelp, it was the GOD OF SUN....little translation mix up there when they tried to copy the ancient Greek God Helios/Horus. Get it? God of SUN/ SON of God. Oops! Ex. At Psalms 68:3232, the faithful are instructed to “sing praises to Jah, to him who rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens... whose majesty is over Israel, and his power is in the skies,” exactly as was said about the ubiquitous solar hero. The esteem of the sun by the Hebrews is evident; yet, the story of the solar hero is also found in numerous places in the Old Testament, but these stories are masked by carnalization and historicization. Indeed, so important was the sun to the ancients, including the Israelites, that they created a “Sun Book,” a “Helio Biblio,” or “Holy Bible,” the original of which can be found in the myths encoded in stone and story around the ancient world millennia before the Judeo-Christian bible was compiled. The word “Bible” itself comes from the City of the Great Mother: Byblos, in Phoenicia. For example, many of the world’s crucified god-men have their traditional birthdays on December 25th (“Christmas”). This date is set because the ancients recognized that (from a geocentric perspective in the northern hemisphere) the sun makes an annual descent southward until after midnight of December 21st, the winter solstice, when it stops moving southerly for three days and then starts to move northward again. The sun “dies” for three days at the winter solstice, to be born again or resurrected on December 25th. • The sun of God is “born of a virgin,” which refers to both the new or “virgin” moon and the constellation of Virgo. • The sun’s “birth” is attended by the “bright Star,” either Sirius/Sothis or the planet Venus, and by the “Three Kings,” representing the three stars in the belt of Orion. • The sun at its zenith, or 12 noon, is in the house or heavenly temple of the “Most High”; thus, “he” begins “his Father’s work” at “age” 12. Maxwell relates, “At that point, all Egypt offered prayers to the ‘Most High’ God!” • The sun enters into each sign of the zodiac at 30°; hence, the “Sun of God” begins his ministry at “age” 30. As Hazelrigg states, “... the Sun of the visible heavens has moved northward 30° and stands at the gate of Aquarius, the Waterbearer, or John the Baptist of the mystic planisphere, and here begins the work of ministry in the Palestine...” • The sun is the “Carpenter” who builds his daily “houses” or 12 two-hour divisions. • The sun’s “followers” or “disciples” are the 12 signs of the zodiac, through which the sun must pass. * The sun is “anointed” when its rays dip into the sea. • The sun “changes water into wine” by creating rain, ripening the grape on the vine and fermenting the grape juice. • The sun “walks on water,” referring to its reflection.
lotsahelp February 10, 2014 at 09:26 PM
However I will leave this blog(I only popped in because it kept showing up in my alerts) to those of you who seem to have your knickers in a knot over it.
Sonia Prince February 10, 2014 at 09:26 PM
Sun of God? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQ-kvw1fYXs
Antonio February 10, 2014 at 09:30 PM
LH?, you got me right. I'm a rational, fact based, reasoning, thinking, educated, experienced person in analyzing and presenting complex data, conclusions and recommendations. The facts about industrializing economies correlated with falling birth rates are not my facts/conclusions. Those facts/conclusions come from international economic organizations, that you may not be familiar with, such as; World Bank, International Monetary Fund, etc. Thanks.
Sonia Prince February 11, 2014 at 07:19 AM
For some, facts don't matter Lyn. It cracks me up when he says you link stuff to match your views...LOL For some, I'm not sure if they recognize a fact when they saw one!
Sew Good February 11, 2014 at 03:40 PM
Sonia, wth was all that copied from and how is it relevant to your birth control argument? The only relevance I can see is that your kind should not reproduce.
Sonia Prince February 11, 2014 at 06:04 PM
Sweet sweet Sew Good, always so mature. At least "my kind" has manners. I can only hope you don't pass on your sweet values that you display here to any children. If you must know, curious little one, I was responding to another anonymous blogger, Lotsahelp, who said "You can hate religion(although you seem focused on christians generally and catholics specifically to the exclusion of all others) But please don't pretend that only stupid people are religious."
Chad Sanders March 04, 2014 at 10:57 PM
Go hate another family! HATERS!!
Chad Sanders March 16, 2014 at 10:17 AM
Sonia are you always a bitch or is that your day job too?
Sonia Prince March 16, 2014 at 08:37 PM
Chad, you are always such a sweetie. What goes around comes around.
American Woman March 20, 2014 at 12:47 AM
Now now kids. Sonia, stop posting on this article. We get it, you dont think people should be allowed to have kids. blah blah blah.......
Sonia Prince March 20, 2014 at 07:30 AM
American Woman, like to control people much?
fairfield newcomer March 24, 2014 at 02:55 PM
American Woman, Christi is a brood mare.
American Woman March 24, 2014 at 05:48 PM
Sonia Prince, you are trying to control this mom in your comments. You really have issues. Chill out!
American Woman March 24, 2014 at 05:49 PM
Chad is right.
Sonia Prince March 24, 2014 at 06:42 PM
LOL, can't take facts or opinions, you really shouldn't be on a blog.
J. W. MacMahon March 25, 2014 at 09:34 AM
WOW!! WHAT are you people TALKING about? This discussion is about a woman having SEVENTEEN children, and the idiocy associated with the premise. There is NO way this person (or parents) can maintain, nourish and guide such a brood effectively, much less control the ramifications of introducing 17 additional people into the worlds population on their own. In TODAYS world of ever increasing population such concept is inexscusable, and with no doubt, CRIMINAL!! With simple multiplication, if all these children do the same, in THREE generations 4,913 people will be produced. in FIVE generations, 1,419,857!!!! Certainly this will not happen, but gives the unforgivable parameter of such selfish and aimless BREEDING. And in those years to come, how many of them will STARVE TO DEATH??? Our wonderful planet cannot support untold numbers of people with he population now at 7 BILLION>>>Which is SEVEN THOUSAND MILLION!!! How much can we RAPE the planet and take from it before THE PLANET ITSELF DIES??? WAKE UP people and SAVE our SPECIAL planet, before it is too late!!! Reproduce yourself...Have your wife do the same...Have TWO children. Take care of them well. Educate them and continue the society of human dignity, not an eventual hell on earth. RxJiMac/Atlanta
Sew Good March 25, 2014 at 03:40 PM
Why do you assume these 17 children will each have 17 children? "Reproduce yourself...Have your wife do the same...Have TWO children." Not sure what you mean, "Reproduce yourself", but the planet will take care of itself through natural disasters. Suppose I want to continue my family name and those 2 children you allow me to have are both girls? Perhaps they should go in the dumpster until I get "produce" a boy. Or maybe we should check the sex and terminate the pregnancy if it's not a boy. If you don't like the FACT that in America we are free to have 17, 12, 5, or no children then you should go live in China. Having a large family is not selfish, stupid, or raping the planet. It's simply a love for family. Get over it.
Marge1 March 26, 2014 at 11:56 AM
Sew Good, No sitting around screwing all day is not irresponsible, it's just love of babies and families. (BTW, we could all have 17 kids, she's not special). Some of us actually read books, attend school board meetings, go to conferences for our kids, make lunches, and work 8 hours on top of it. I guarantee this mom is doing none of it. She's signing up for free lunches because she's doing god's work. But women who actually do the responsible thing and use birth control or end a pregnancy are the bad ones for owning up to how much real work raising one child takes. J.W. MacMahon, thank you for injecting some rationality in this discussion. There's no wonder why our planet is on the path to extinction.
Sonia Prince March 26, 2014 at 04:27 PM
Yup, the only way she even remotely come close is to use her older kids to do her job BECAUSE she had too many kids and there's just not enough time in a day to meet their needs and parent even minimally without neglecting them. My bet is, like any obsessive addiction, she's just addicted to pregnancies, breastfeeding or infants. Unfortunately the rest of us, society and her older children are the ones paying for it.
Chad Sanders April 12, 2014 at 02:54 PM
Oh Sonia, karmas looking for you. Jaw you are a fucking idiot! Wow. Besides no one in my family wants that many children. And free lunches, oh my stars. Do you know how many mexicans and black people use free lunch. Its lake elsinore. Besides you people probably pay nothing in taxes. Stop being so hateful and selfish. Get a damn life or go buy a gun and blow your brains. You scummy people. Btw Sonia i wish i could slap the fuck out your face bitch!
Sonia Prince April 12, 2014 at 08:22 PM
Chad, if you want to be heard, clean up your act. Anger issues should be addressed; otherwise it's probably not a healthy or good idea for you to be on a blog with people who have opinions or are having discussions unless EVERYONE agrees with you.
Chad Sanders April 15, 2014 at 12:13 AM
Naw. You're bitch!
Vic April 15, 2014 at 12:20 AM
OMG!!! Give it up you guys!


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