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Mom Arrested After 10-Year-Old Boy Gets a Permanent Tattoo | "No Little Child Should Get Tattooed"
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Mom Arrested After 10-Year-Old Boy Gets a Permanent Tattoo | "No Little Child Should Get Tattooed"

The police were alerted by the child’s school nurse after she saw the tattoo on the inside of the child's forearm.

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A 10-year-old boy from New York had his name permanently tattooed on the inside of his forearm in large block letters. When the child went to see his school nurse to get Vaseline for his tattoo, the school authorities called the police. Crystal Thomas, 33, the child's mother, and the tattoo artist, Austin Smith, 20, were both arrested. According to People, local authorities claim the child informed his mother before getting the tattoo. However, Thomas told The New York Times that it was a misunderstanding as she had mistakenly believed the boy was asking for permission to get a temporary tattoo. She went on to emphasize that she supports age restrictions and that "no little child should get tattooed." Thomas has been charged with endangering the welfare of the child. 

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Meanwhile, Smith—the unlicensed tattoo artist who inked the inside of the child's forearm—was charged with dealing unlawfully with a child, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison. He described it as the worst mistake of his life and expressed deep regret over tattooing the youngster. When the child approached him with the request to get a tattoo, he assumed minors could get tattoos as long as they had their parent's permission, Smith said. Thomas and Smith were released on an appearance ticket.