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10-Year-Old Gets Tattoo, Mother Gets Arrested


A mother in Georgia was arrested after allowing her 10-year-old son to get a tattoo.

Chuntera Napier said that her son asked if he could get a tattoo on his arm in memorial for his 12-year-old brother who died in a car accident. Napier said that she was touched by the boy’s request and had no idea that it was illegal.

Napier said:

“My son came to me and said, ‘Mom, I want to get a tattoo with Malik on it, rest in peace.’ It made me feel good to know that he wanted his brother on him. What do I say to a child who wants to remember his brother? It’s not like he was asking me, ‘Can I get Sponge Bob?’ He asked me [for] something that’s in remembrance of his brother. How can I say no?”

WCTI12 reports that the boy was spotted at school with the tattoo on his arm and one of the teachers contacted authorities. Napier was arrested and charged with misdemeanor cruelty and being a party to a crime. But the Georgia mom insists she didn’t know what she was doing was illegal.

“I always thought that if a parent gave consent, then it was fine. How can somebody else say that it’s not okay? He’s my child, and I have the right to say what I want for my child. I can’t go tell anybody else what I want for their child.”

The Marietta Daily reports that police are now searching for the tattoo artist. Police say that Napier is not giving them the information they need to find the tattoo artist.

Here’s a video from the Associated Press.

Do you think a 10-year-old should be able to get a tattoo if they have their parents consent?

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11 Responses to “10-Year-Old Gets Tattoo, Mother Gets Arrested”

  1. Leslie Taylor

    Really? Even if the mother didn't know it was illegal, the tattoo artist had to know…..10 yrs old…..again, really?

  2. Haida Santiago

    How come she didn't get him the airbrush tattoo -_- instead of a real one wow.

  3. Loni Lund

    I would have assumed that with parental consent it would be fine. As a mother, I can't say that I would be jumping on the chance to let my ten year old get a tattoo. But I also don't think anything wrong has been done here. It's something the child asked for, and the parent consented. I doubt it's something this little boy will ever regret. He will always love and want to remember his older brother.

  4. Shulamit Widawsky

    Tattoos are permanent. And I 99.9% of the time think they are stupid, and wouldn't approve. But a brother's death is just as permanent. The boy will never regret the permanent memorial he has. The mother is right, this was obviously not "cruelty." But taking the boy away from his mother, after the brother died, that IS.

  5. Ashley Brown

    she can get her son a tattoo if she want to shit yall need to get some business what about the murderers do something useful wit yourself the tattoo actually look cute.

  6. B. Allan Ross

    What is this, Russia? C'mon, this is f'ing wrong. It's illegal for a kid to get a tattoo without parental consent. That's enough. Mind your own business! With the creator of this human being's permission, and with no evidence or indication of coercion of the child, there's no proof of malice or harm done to anyone. The state can take a flying leap! Parental consent doesn't mean government consent, either in joining the military to kill and die underage, or in birth control information, or in whether my family decides to let our 10-year-old get a tattoo or ear piercing. Get back! If a corporate "person" can hide behind the First Amendment in declaring how it spends money on politics is free speech, then a mother can surely claim free speech rights over the body of the child she created and supports.

  7. B. Allan Ross

    What is "really?" supposed to mean anyway? Really. I'm not sure what you are asking. It's a popular vague non-comment that seems to be just a variation of WTF? used by people tired of WTF? Are you wanting to know if this is in "reality" or is some kind of fantasy or is made-up? I'd guess you know it is reality, so….? Yes, in case that's your question. This really did happen. In the reality most of us have agreed to acknowledge as "the" reality, as far as we know, which isn't much.

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