A Georgia elementary school teacher noticed a bluish-green marking on a fifth-grade student, sticking out above her strapless dress.
The 12-year-old student at Arnco-Sargent Elementary had a cross with the words “Jesus Loves” permanently tattooed on her shoulder.
The teacher was shocked, and immediately reported it to police, according to WFMY.Screenshot/WFMY
The child told police her father had forced the tattoo on her. She said her mom, Emmie Nolan, even got into a fight with him over it.
The father denied making his daughter get the tattoo, telling officers the 12-year-old got it done while she was at a Super Bowl party.
After the father denied having any involvement, the girl flipped her story. She said she was the one who wanted the tattoo, and that her dad did not mistreat her or force her into getting it.
Lt. Jason Fetner of the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office said:
“Each of the parents had a different story and it boiled down to frankly just finger pointing.”
Then authorities tracked down Brenda Gaddy, the tattoo artist who put the permanent mark on the child.Screenshot/WFMY
Gaddy, pictured above, originally denied taking part, but eventually confessed to inking the girl. In fact, she admitted to tattooing multiple people, including adults and minors at the Super Bowl party the father referenced.
The tattoo artist also pointed the blame at Nolan, admitting that she put the ink on the girl with the 35-year-old mother’s permission.
Fetner told WFMY that he was dismayed at the incident:
“It’s difficult to imagine how as a parent you think it’s appropriate to supervise or allow someone to give your child a tattoo at that age.”
Nolan, pictured below, continued to deny being involved with her daughter’s tattoo. Police believe she instructed her child to lie to them about how the tattoo got on her shoulder.Screenshot/WFMY
Fetner said the incident comes down to “bad parenting”:
“I think it’s unfortunate in that the child actually wanted to get the tattoo. It’s not like the child was forced to get the tattoo, I think it just comes down to bad parenting.”
Nolan and Gaddy were both arrested.
The mother faces a misdemeanor charge of being a party to a crime and Gaddy has been charged with tattooing the body of a person under the age of 18.
The 12-year-old girl was placed with family members while the Georgia Division of Family and Children’s Services continues to investigate.