Parents claim right to tattoo the kids

Arrested for tattooing six of their children, a Georgia couple says they’re good parents. The children, aged 10 to 17, wanted the tattoos — small crosses — to be like their parents, says Patty Jo Marsh.

“I’m their mother,” Patty Jo Marsh said late Saturday. “Shouldn’t I be able to decide if they get one?”

Actually, there’s a biological mother who turned in Marsh and her husband, Jacob Bartels.

The custodial parents used a donated machine to do the tattoos, breaking Georgia law on amateur tattooing and on tattooing children under 18.

At least 10 police officers searched the family’s home on Dec. 28, Marsh says, and she and her husband were arrested. They were each charged with cruelty to children, reckless conduct and tattooing, something Marsh they didn’t realize was illegal.

All the children are back home.

I hate tattoos, including the small butterfly tattoo on my daughter’s ankle, which she got to celebrate turning 18. But if you’re looking at the permanent damage parents can do to their kids, this seems like small potatoes.

Via Core Knowledge Blog.

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