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Parents Tattoo Their Six Children

Parents Give Kids Homemade Tattoos, Wonder Why They're Being Arrested

In one of the more awful and ridiculous stories I've seen lately, a Georgia couple tattooed six of their children with a homemade tattoo gun that they created out of "a variable power supply, an electric motor, wiring, an ink pen and a sharpened piece of guitar string used as a needle."

Patty Marsh, seen at right, says that she and her partner would never do anything to harm their children. (I guess that means that getting stabbed with a dirty guitar string and possibly being electrocuted can't hurt a kid.) What's worse, the youngest child is 7. The parents are being charged with child cruelty, reckless conduct, and (sort of humorously) illegal tattooing. Do you think the charges fit the crime, or would you like to see these people in a parenting class instead?

sham28 sham28 7 years
God bless America.
staple-salad staple-salad 7 years
I'd be happy to buy my (future) kids a tattoo for their 20th birthdays or something, but tattoo them with a potentially dangerous tool in an area that not cleaner than the surgical room a brain surgeon would use is just absurd. Not to mention, the kids are super young! Nobody that young is ready to have something permanently inked into their skin (well, it might be acceptable in some tribal cultures where it's a rite of passage, but not in the suburban West). And seriously, their HANDS!? Does she WANT her kids to get jobs later in life? And CROSSES, does she even READ the Bible (assuming that she did it as a religious symbol and not to make them look like trendy "Christians")?
plasticapple plasticapple 7 years
How about if the "authorities" tattoo IDIOT across the parents' foreheads? How would they like that?
shaima shaima 7 years
beyond stupid!
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
It's kind of funny you need a license to drive, you need to take classes to get married (in the church anyway)... maybe OB/GYN's need to start offering parenting classes. Although with people like this I'm not sure it would help.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
We need to implement licenses to have children. This is sad - these parents have no common sense although a lot of creativity in building their own tattoo machine.
mek123 mek123 7 years
What happened to common sense? I agree with sloane220 that people should be required to have a license to have (and raise) kids.
plasticine1 plasticine1 7 years
the tattoo is just a tiny cross on their hands? i always wondered if people with tattoos tattooed their own kids, maybe it happens a lot more in states where its not illegal to tattoo kids and we just never hear about them. i wonder how those kids turned out? i dont see the big deal about the tattoos themselves. im more worried about them all using the same needle and doing it at home with a homemade device.
kisf0rkaitlyn kisf0rkaitlyn 7 years
wow, please tell me what would make you want to tattoo your own children? i mean honestly thats not only really weird but disgusting.
sloane220 sloane220 7 years
i swear people should be required to get a license to have kids...
risqueredhead risqueredhead 7 years
Pistil - "Extreme lack of common sense" is right, though a lot nicer than I would have put it :)
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Google the story and watch the video... terrifying.
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 7 years
:( Why does all of the strangest news come out of Georgia! We're not all weirdos. I promise!
Pistil Pistil 7 years
:oy: These people are raising six children? God help us. I know they didn't intend to hurt their kids, but their actions show an extreme lack of common sense.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 7 years
WOW!! If they think that is ok and believe it's not going to harm the kids they need to be thrown in jail. Serves them right.
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