NC mother accused of tattooing 11-year-old daughter faces additional charges

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30-year-old Odessa Clay

NEWPORT, N.C. — A North Carolina woman arrested in October after police said she personally tattooed her 11-year-old daughter is now facing more charges.

WNCT reported that Odessa Clay, 30, of Grantsboro, has now been charged with tattooing without a permit and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She was originally charged with tattooing a minor.

Clay gave her daughter a small, heart-shaped tattoo near her right shoulder. She says the girl asked for the tattoo.

Clay used her own tools and said she numbed her daughter’s arm. She says she tattooed the outline of a heart and didn’t fill in the entire shape.

The mother says she believes an ex in-law reported the tattoo to retaliate against her. She says she didn’t know that tattooing a minor is illegal even with a parent’s permission.

Source: WNCT.