"I'm their mother," Patty Jo Marsh said late Saturday. "Shouldn't I be able to decide if they get one?"
Georgia law prohibits tattoos from anyone other than a licensed professional. Children under 18 are also prohibited from getting tattoos.
Marsh and her husband, Jacob Bartels, did the tattoos in their Summerville home. They cleaned up a tattoo machine someone gave them, and used guitar strings as a needle. Out of the seven children in their custody, only the youngest child did not get a tattoo.
"They weren't hurt by them," Marsh said. "We would never do anything to hurt them."
Marsh said the children, ages 10 to 17, wanted the small cross tattoos, and the couple did them after Thanksgiving. But when two of the children spent a weekend after Christmas with their biological mother, she reported it to DFACS and police.
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:11 AM on Jan. 4, 2010
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Answer by KFree907 at 10:20 AM on Jan. 4, 2010
If I would have asked my mom for a tat at 10 I would have been SMACKED back to reality! lol
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:23 AM on Jan. 4, 2010
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Answer by charlotsomtimes at 10:25 AM on Jan. 4, 2010
Well, in this case I think it's a bit odd. However, there are families that still follow certain cultural and family traditions and require all family members to get a family symbol tattooed on them at a certain age. Usually it is a coming of age thing though ranging from age 14 to age 18. In this case, I think temporary tattoos would have certainly sufficed.
Answer by anime_mom619 at 10:25 AM on Jan. 4, 2010
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Answer by Steff107 at 10:35 AM on Jan. 4, 2010