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Chuntera Napier, Georgia Mom, Arrested For Allowing 10-Year-Old To Get Tattoo

First Posted: 01/19/12 02:26 PM ET Updated: 01/19/12 06:11 PM ET

Chuntera Napier

If you thought tots with tiaras were bad, how about tots with tattoos? Georgia mom Chuntera Napier says she couldn't tell her 10-year-old son Gaquan no when he asked to get a tattoo honoring his brother who had been killed by a teenage driver two years prior.

Authorities called Napier's action illegal, arresting and charging her with misdemeanor cruelty and being a party to a crime, according to ABC News’ Atlanta affiliate WSBTV.

"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 yes and took her son to a tattoo artist in Smyrna where he received a tattoo featuring his brother's name and former basketball jersey number.

According to a 2010 law, however, "it shall be unlawful for any person to tattoo the body of any person under the age of 18, except for a physician or osteopath..."

Napier says she was unaware of the law, which was shown to her by police. She bonded out of jail on Wednesday but is in disbelief that her consent wasn't enough to let her son get a tattoo.

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Filed by Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson  |