Parenting

Mom Arrested After 10-Year-Old Son Gets Tattoo

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A mother in Georgia has been arrested for reportedly allowing her 10-year-old son to get his own tattoo. The tattoo was done in honor of the boy's 12-year-old brother who was hit by a car, according to Atlanta's Channel 2 Action News.

A nice tribute? Well, not quite. Tthe problem is that in Georgia it is illegal for any child under 18 to get a tattoo. Chuntera Napier, who lives in Acworth, Georgia, said she knew nothing about the law. But now she faces charges of misdemeanor child cruelty after someone at her son's school reported the tattoo to authorities. 

Napier was arrested on Tuesday and released yesterday morning.

Acworth Police Chief Michael Wilkie said the police were bound by the law to make the arrest.

Napier is not the only parent who has been arrested in Georgia for allowing a child under 18 to get tattoos. According to Channel 2 Action News, Patty Marsh and Jacob Bartels gave their children, who ranged in age from 10 to 17, homemade tattoos.

Another Georgia resident, Enrique Gonzalez, put a "quarter-sized tattoo" on his six-year-old after which he was threatened with a lifetime sentence for “aggravated mayhem and street terrorism.”