Georgia judge claims she’s unsure why tattooing a toddler was made illegal

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 16:27 EDT
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If tattooing a toddler is illegal, why is it okay to pierce a little girl’s ears?

That was the reasoning behind a rather startling quote reprinted by Georgia’s Rome News-Tribune, allegedly uttered by a judge who decided to go easy on a 26-year-old man that pleaded guilty on Monday to tattooing a 3-year-old boy.

Eugene “Stonner” Ashley claimed he was drunk at the time, and did not remember embedding the letters “DB” (“daddy’s boy”) into his son’s right shoulder.

But instead of fire and brimstone from a conservative judge concerned with protecting children, Judge Tami Colston reportedly said “I am trying to figure out why this is illegal. Is it illegal to pierce your little girl’s ears?”

The man was sentenced to a year probation and a $300 fine. He’s also been prohibited from further contact with his son.

The prosecutor called the case “egregious,” but said they likely could not take it to jury trial due to the child’s age.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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