Last week The Summerville News broke the story about two parents in Chattooga County tatooing their children – the story has since gained national attention. The Associated Press, UPI, NBC, Fox News and CNN have all had reports about the couple.
Patty Jo Marsh and her husband, Jacob Bartels, admitted giving six of the seven children in their care tattoos using a tattoo machine and guitar strings as needles, according to reports Marsh stated "I’m their mother," Marsh said. "Shouldn’t I be able to decide if they get one?"
Under Georgia state law, children under the age of 18 cannot get tattoos and no tattoos can be given by anyone other than a licensed professional.
Marsh and her husband have been charged with cruelty to children, reckless conduct and tattooing.
Police and Division of Family and Children Services officials learned of the tattoos after the biological mother of two of the kids noticed the tattoos during a weekend visit.