Skip to comments.Georgia Mom Arrested for Allowing 10-Year-Old to Get Tattoo
Posted on 01/23/2012 12:38:16 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
A Georgia mother who was arrested for allowing her 10-year-old to get a tattoo said she had no idea it was illegal for him to get one, even with her consent.
When Chuntera Napiers son Gaquan Napier asked her if he could get a memorial tattoo for his 12-year-old brother Malik who died after being hit by a car, Napier was touched by the request.
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I always thought that if a parent gave consent, then it was fine, she said. How can somebody else say that its not okay? Hes my child, and I have the right to say what I want for my child. I cant go tell anybody else what I want for their child.
A Georgia law from 2010 states, It shall be unlawful for any person to tattoo the body of any person under the age of 18, except a physician or osteopath.
Police say that Napier has refused to cooperate in naming the tattoo artist who could also be prosecuted for violating the law.
What’d he get? L-O-V-E on the fingers of his left hand, and H-A-T-E on the right?
By what lawful reason would a physician or an osteopath need to tattoo a person under the age of eighteen? By what lawful, coercive reason would they do this?
A tattoo artist certainly should be aware of the laws regarding tattoos. Why did the tattoo artist agree to do it?
I'm sure such a well-spoken young lady has a very well-compensated profession.
Chuntera, Gaquan, and Malik. I didn’t even need to look at pictures to know.
Why can’t lawmakers come up with more ways to solve problems instead of more things to ban?
If you get a tattoo that young it’ll probably look like a rorschach blot when you grow older
“By what lawful reason would a physician or an osteopath need to tattoo a person under the age of eighteen? By what lawful, coercive reason would they do this? “
Because the client wants to and it doesn’t hurt anyone else?
Are you in favor of disfiguring 10 year olds?
As long as there are idiots who would do this to a child, there ought to be a law against it, right?
I don’t suppose there would be any arrest problem if she got her daughter an abortion.
Could always say it was done out of state ! What can they say at that point ?
If laws solved problems this would be nirvana and the IRS would have made us all rich.
First let me state, I am not in favor of children getting tattoos.
I think this is a parents rights issue. If a parent says it’s ok - then I don’t know why the state is involved?
It’s not like drinking or drugs that harms the child or someone else.
It’s not like they are going to put her in jail as a consequence.
Is this really that widespread of an issue to spend the resources to fight?
“If you get a tattoo that young itll probably look like a rorschach blot when you grow older”
Perhaps. But they will always keep the memory of their brother with them at all times.
How is getting a tattoo an arrestable event.
For the most part, tattoos are identifiers. Of what, I won’t expound upon.
I guess they could put that inside his ear.
Could be used for radiation treatment. When my motherIL had treatment, the radiologist tattooed small X in each of the spots to be targeted.
Maybe they mean something like that.
“As long as there are idiots who would do this to a child, there ought to be a law against it, right?”
No. We don’t need a law to ban everything you don’t like.
That would be celebrated.
From the looks of those involved probably tax payer funded too.
Baloney. You could make those same arguments for minors to have access to abortions.
It’s still not right.
Lovely. Did Santa bring them gold teef for Christmas, too?
So... how about under-age ear piercings?
“First let me state, I am not in favor of children getting tattoos.”
I don’t think their mom was, either. But then little Malik was killed and that changed everything.
Causing harm to a minor.
(Of course, I will concede the harm began when she named the thing Gaquan, but still...)
I would disagree. I do not know a single person with ink, that is using the tat to “identify” something but to commemorate something significant in their own lives.
Of course I do not know everyone who wears ink, but dozens of people who do.
A child is not a canvass, you want “art work” on human skin use your own.
“Baloney. You could make those same arguments for minors to have access to abortions.”
Yeah because there’s no difference between killing a baby and etching ink under the skin to remember a loved one. Gotcha.
Got it. By your reasoning, you would have no problem with performing an abortion on a minor child.
Ok, that is a reason but just how is a tattoo harm to a minor, the boy asked for the tattoo.
And how is arresting her going to solve the “problem”.
I was thinking in terms of medicine, not in terms of someone wanting a tattoo as a piece of artwork or self-expression. And I couldn’t imagine a medical need.
At post number 20, svcw does explain a medical need. And that is appreciated.
Deliberate and willful disfigurement of a child is and should be illegal.
Maybe you should go ban unhealthy food in restaurants because it is abusing the poor kids who are forced to eat there by their parents. Lock them up too!
R I agree with you on much but how on earth do you lump abortion and tattoos. Pretty sure you are trying to make a point, but you may want to try something different.
It will discourage others from committing the same crime.
Tattoos, nose piercings, lip piercings, tongue piercings, ear lobe stretching, private parts piercings, on and on to a grotesque level, are all identifiers of certain types of people. To a greater or lesser degree perhaps, but identifiers none the less. It simply is.
“Deliberate and willful disfigurement of a child is and should be illegal.”
It’s art, not disfigurement. May not be your idea of art but to each his own. The kid wanted it; it’s not as if mom forced it upon him.
“It will discourage others from committing the same crime. “
Just like Prohibition. /sarc
I still disagree on your assessment as to “All”.
You forgot women who have pierced ears in your list.
You can undo the unhealthy effects of eating junk food by starting a healthy diet. You could even undo the damage of naming a kid Gaquan by going to court and getting a normal name.
But how do you undo the damage a tattoo does? People with tattoos earn less. This kid is in danger living with a mother like his.
There is nothing wrong with getting ink. People get ink for many reasons.
And jpsb your arguments are making me chuckle since you are a Paul supporter. Sorta goes against what you been trumpeting. I guess you finally found your line you wont cross. ;-)
“Tattoos, nose piercings, lip piercings, tongue piercings, ear lobe stretching, private parts piercings, on and on to a grotesque level, are all identifiers of certain types of people. To a greater or lesser degree perhaps, but identifiers none the less. It simply is.”
Don’t forget circumcision to identify Jewish babies. Hopefully the Georgia law doesn’t cover that!
disfigurement - the act of damaging the appearance or surface of something;
I have my ex-wife’s name and year of birth and year of death tattooed on my lower neck. I loved her, still do.
I have a good job and I am judged by my results which are very good. I’m very conservative. I am a good, family man.
I sometimes get asked - What’s that say? I like talking about her and using her name. I like looking in the mirror and seeing her name and thinking about her.
Don’t really care if people like it or not. It simply is.
The point Ari made was that parents - not the state - have the unilateral right to make bad decisions for their child.
I disagree. Abortion is way more serious a crime than tagging a 10 year old, but both crimes need laws protecting little children.
Ok, R. Are you sure about the earning less? It is a pretty blanket statement. Many people have ink that you may never know about. Are you talking about people who ink their face or parts that are visible? Just wondering.
And jpsb your arguments are making me chuckle since you are a Paul supporter.
Kinda blows away your argument that all Paul supporters are wacked out libertarians huh?
I dont suppose there would be any arrest problem if she got her son a tatoo celebrating Roe v. Wade.
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