Dad Fined for Tattooing 3-Year-Old Son

'I am trying to figure out why this is illegal,' judge says

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 6, 2011 3:18 AM CDT | Updated Apr 6, 2011 8:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Georgia father who tattooed "DB"—for "Daddy's Boy"—on the shoulder of his 3-year-old son has been fined $300 and sentenced to a year's probation. The tattoo was discovered when workers from the state's Department of Family and Children Services made a home visit, reports the Rome News-Tribune. It is illegal in Georgia to tattoo anybody under 18.

The father—who told police he was drunk and didn't remember tattooing the letters—is no longer allowed to have contact with the toddler. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of tattooing a minor. The district attorney called the case "egregious," though the judge appeared to have her doubts. "I am trying to figure out why this is illegal,” she said. “Is it illegal to pierce your little girl’s ears?"

Eugene Ashley, 26, pleaded guilty to tattooing somebody under the age of 18.   (Shutterstock)
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