“My son came to me and said, ‘Mama, I want to get a tattoo with Malik on it, rest in peace,'” Chuntera Napier told Channel 2 “It made me feel good to know to know that he wanted his brother on him.”
That tattoo she allowed her 10 year old son to get in honor of his older brother that was killed when hit by a car 2 years ago has landed the mother in trouble with the law as she was arrested and charged with cruelty to a child.
“My son came to me and said, ‘Mom, I want to get a tattoo with Malik on it, rest in peace.’
What do I say to a child who wants to remember his brother?” Napier said. “It’s not like he was asking me, ‘Can I get Sponge Bob? Like people getting all kinds of things on them. He asked me something that’s in remembrance of his brother. How can I say no?”
When asked why he wanted to get the tattoo, Gaquan said, “Because it represents my brother.”
Napier took her son to a tattoo artist in Smyrna where he got a tattoo featuring his brother’s old jersey number.
Someone at Gaquan's school noticed the tattoo and contacted authorities.
A 2010 law states: “It shall be unlawful for any person to tattoo the body of any person under the age of 18, except a physician or osteopath.”
“I always thought that if a parent gave consent, then it was fine,” Napier said.
Napier was arrested Tuesday and charged with misdemeanor cruelty and being a party to a crime.
“How can somebody else say that it’s not OK? He’s my child, and I have the right to say what I want for my child. I can’t go tell anybody else what I want for their child,” Napier said.
The Acworth Police Department said it confirmed the charges with the district attorney’s office before making an arrest.
The artist who gave the tattoo is also under investigation.
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