The girl's fifth-grade teacher at Arnco-Sargent Elementary in Newnan, GA, spotted the tattoo after the girl arrived at the March dance in a strapless dress. The tattoo features a cross with the words "Jesus Saves."
According to 11 Alive, the girl changed her story several times when questioned about the tattoo. She first claimed that her father made her get the tattoo, and her mother got into a fight with him after she found out. Later, she said her father didn't force her to get the tattoo, and that she'd wanted it.
"Each of the parents had a different story and it boiled down to frankly just finger pointing," said Lt. Jason Fetner of the Coweta County Sheriff's Office.
Fetner told 11 Alive that aspiring tattoo artist Brenda Gaddy gave several tattoos to people at the party, including three minors. There's even video footage of Gaddy tattooing one of the minors. In the video, more than a dozen people can be seen watching the child get the tattoo.
The girl's mother, left, and the tattoo artist. Image: Screenshot / 11 Alive News
The child's mother has been charged with being a party to a crime, while Gaddy was charged with tattooing the body of a person under the age of 18.
"I think it's unfortunate in that the child actually wanted to get the tattoo," Fetner said to 11 Alive. "It's not like the child was forced to get the tattoo, I think it just comes down to bad parenting."
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Georgia Division of Family and Children's Services has removed the girl from her parents' custody while they conduct an investigation.
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