Georgia parents tattoo their kids–don’t get why they are being charged with a crime…..
Are people really this ignorant?
A Georgia woman and her boyfriend decided it was okay to tattoo a black cross with a homemade tattoo gun on their 6 children, and they don’t seem to have a clue why they are now in trouble with the law! Patty Marsh and her boyfriend, Jacob Edward Bartels, are both covered in homemade tattoos. Marsh says she is proud of the tattoos Bartels put on her and can’t believe she was arrested.
“We have kids from separate marriages, ok? So, I mean, I have 4 and then he has 3, but they are all ours, you know? It’s like—anyway, so, I mean, they wanted one, so we were like, “ok!” It’s a little bitty cross right here, ok? (points between the thumb and forefinger)
“I don’t understand why this got blowed up so big. I love my children. We would never do anything to harm our kids.”
Chattooga County Sherriff, John Everett, said Marsh and Bartels went too far by tattooing the children–one child is 10, two are 11, a 12 year old, a 15 year old, and a 17 year old.
Everett said the children were tattooed with a black cross on their hand in the web between their thumb and forefinger using a homemade gun that is plugged into an electrical outlet. The tattoo gun works with an electric motor, wiring, an ink pen barrel, a sharpened piece of guitar string for the needle, and a bottle of black ink for coloring. Everett said the needle was used on all six children by Bartels. Blood tests were conducted on all of them to find out if they were infected.
Apparently the mother of some of Jacob Bartels children discovered the tattoos.
“The mother picked the two children up and noticed the marks on their hand, and she brought it to our investigator’s attention, and we did the investigation and found there was six children,” Everett said.
Marsh and Bartels are charged with illegally tattooing their children, cruelty to children, and reckless conduct.
“I don’t think we did anything wrong. This is crazy, and this is blowed up so bad,” Marsh said.
It’s a crime in Georgia for anyone under 18 years old to be tattooed.
I read stories like this and all I can do is shake my head in disbelief that a parent can be so reckless with their kids. Never mind that it’s against the law–how could you let your children be tattooed with a dirty guitar string needle with a makeshift tattoo gun that God knows how many people may have used before them? Plus, there’s a reason you have to wait until you are an adult to get a tattoo. Chance of infection aside, tattoos are permanent unless you are willing to spend the big bucks to have them changed from a tattoo to a scar! How could a kid intelligently make a decision to PERMANENTLY brand his body?