Police say NC mom tattooed 11-year-old daughter

Police say NC mom tattooed 11-year-old daughter

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Police say NC mom tattooed 11-year-old daughter

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on October 6, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 1:50 AM

HAVELOCK, N.C. A heavily tattooed mother is in trouble with the law after giving her 11-year-old daughter a tattoo.
 

WCTI reports 30-year-old Odessa Clay says she didn't know that tattooing a minor is illegal even with a parent's permission. Clay gave her daughter a small, heart-shaped tattoo near her right shoulder. She says the girl asked for the tattoo.
 

Havelock Police charged Clay with tattooing a person under 18.
 

Clay now lives near Grantsboro in Pamlico County.
 

Clay used her own tools and said she numbed her daughter's arm. She says she tattooed the outline of a heart and didn't fill in the entire shape.
 

The mother says she believes an ex in-law reported the tattoo to retaliate against her.
 

Clay is due in court on the tattooing charge next month.
 

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