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

(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?"

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Apr 9, 2011 5:59 PM CDT
@editorkim- What kind of job will this kid try to get that a tattoo on the shoulder will disqualify him from getting? And to those who think piercing is not comparable to tattoos- Speaking as someone with multiple piercings and multiple tattoos, there is a quantifiable difference in the pain level- my piercings (even just on earlobes) hurt much worse than my tattoos (even on thin skin just over bone). I don't agree with any body modification on minors.
Apr 8, 2011 7:30 AM CDT
Not sure who the REAL. Idiot is in this case. The moron doing the tat or the judge... Let's settle for both
Apr 8, 2011 12:54 AM CDT
I think he should have gotten a much harsher penalty (and I don't think piercing small children should be legal either), but for all you people getting so upset about the tattoo, do you get this enraged when you hear of a baby boy that has been circumcised? After all, that's also permanent, painful and unnecessary too.