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Mom Arrested After Teacher Notices Her Fifth-Grade Daughter Has 'Jesus Loves' Tattoo

The 4-inch tattoo was discovered when the girl wore a strapless dress to a school dance. 

A Georgia mom and her friend have been arrested after it was discovered she allowed her 12-year-old daughter to get tattooed by the other woman at a Super Bowl Party.

The Newnan Times-Herald reports the Emma Nolan, 35, and Brenda Hope Gaddy were arrested on charges related to the incident. The tattoo is described as being four inches long on the girl’s right shoulder, and according to a police report obtained by WTXL is “bluish green with ‘Jesus’ written above the cross and ‘loves’ written below.”

A teacher discovered the tattoo when the fifth grader wore a strapless dress to a school dance last spring. When questioned by police, the girl initially said her father forced her to get the tattoo, then changed her story, saying she got it willingly. When police questioned the father, he told them the girl received the tattoo at a Super Bowl party her mother took her to.

Gaddy was allegedly giving out free tattoos at the party. While she initially denied tattooing the girl, she eventually came clean after video footage of it was provided to police.  “She was under the impression that the victim was a minor,” Lt. Jason Fetner with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office said, “but didn’t realize she was only 12 years old.” Gaddy did, however, tell police the victim’s mother gave permission for her to receive the tattoo.

Gaddy was charged with tattooing the body of a person under the age of 18, while Nolan was charged with being a party to the crime. Both women were arrested Friday and later released on $1,000 bail.

Georgia state law prohibits the tattooing of people under 18, even with parental consent. Tattooing a minor in Georgia classifies as a misdemeanor offense with a maximum sentence of one year in jail.

[Coweta County Sheriff’s Office]

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