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10-Year-Olds Mom Arrested for Letting Him Get Tattooed: Cheer or Jeer?

Chuntera Napier

Chuntera Napier was arrested for allowing her 10-year-old son to get a tattoo

OK, maybe it’s not as bad as the drunk Georgia dad who tattooed his 1-year-old son. But in the eyes of the state law, there is little difference.

A Georgia mom let her 10-year-old get a tattoo. She thought because she gave her consent, it would be OK.

She was wrong.

Chuntera Napier was arrested after her son Gaquan got a tattoo memorializing his 12-year-old brother Malik, who died after being hit by a car, according to ABC News.

“My son came to me and said, ‘Mom, I want to get a tattoo with Malik on it, rest in peace,’” she told WSBTV, an ABC News affiliate. “It made me feel good to know that he wanted his brother on him.”

She argued if he had asked for a SpongeBob tattoo, she would have denied the request.

Gaquan’s tattoo, on his right arm, depicts his brother’s name and basketball jersey number. Someone at school saw it and alerted authorities. His mom has been charged with misdemeanor cruelty and being party to a crime. However, she still doesn’t understand the offense, since her permission was given.

The tattoo artist is also under investigation.

While Gaquan’s tattoo clearly isn’t as whimsical as a Sponge Bob image, I can see why it would be illegal for a 10-year-old to get inked — period. Perhaps as his mom, Chuntera could have helped him deal with his grief a bit differently and memorialize his late brother in a more legal way until which time he was old enough to get a tattoo, if he still wanted one.

Do you think the law is too strict in a case like this, or is a tattoo on a 10-year-old never right?

Image: Cobb County Sheriff’s Office

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