Friday, January 20, 2012

Cobb GA Mother Arrested For Tattooing 10 Year-Old Son



From the video above, it is clear that Chuntera Napier, the arrested, while well-meaning, is also very ignorant. At minimum, the recipient of such needs to be eighteen to legally bear the risk of contracting any number of potentially fatal diseases, like hepatitis, from getting a tattoo. The misdemeanor charged Ms. Napier clearly misunderstands, like many folks, that all rights, including those of parenting and religion, derive from the constitution, not the bible, the Koran, the Book of Mormon, or the back of a cereal box. This is a good example of where children, and their desire to make adulthood decision, need protection. I hope the example of Ms. Napier's prosecution sends a strong signal that tattoos are for adults, period.

UPDATE: Police are looking for the alleged tattoo artist, but Ms. Napier is not cooperating, so far. The artist could face criminal charges, and so could Ms. Napier, for obstruction.

James C. Collier

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1 comment:

Desertflower said...

So many things come to my mind. I really don't have the skill to articulate.

First and foremost to me is the health issue, which obviously the mother was ignorant of. So many of these taboo parlors just do not follow the proper aseptic measures. Also her ignorance on the laws in her state.
And very importantly, the fact that the majority of the population in the US seems to have one or more tattoos, so this seems to have become as common as putting on deodorant!

I don't think there was any need to actually arrest her! Maybe cite her to a hearing but not arrest! The tattoo place should know the law against tattooing a minor, will charges be brought against them?

My thoughts are that in lieu of the motives, which are highly sentimental, this was an honest mistake,by a person that is surrounded by media hype which encourages this and other types of bodily decorations.

More education is needed not arrests of mothers.