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Mom Accused of Tattooing 11-Year-Old

Odessa Clay, 30. Police photo.

A North Carolina mother who police say admitted to tattooing her 11-year-old daughter says she didn’t realize it was illegal for a parent to tattoo their underage child.¬†Odessa Clay, 30, used her own tools and numbed the girl’s arm when she gave her a small heart tattoo near her right shoulder. Clay, who says the girl asked her to give her a tattoo, is charged with tattooing a person under 18 and is due in court next month.

Clay believes that a former in-law reported the tattoo to police after she herself filed a complaint against her daughter’s paternal grandfather.

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