‘It's Not A Professional Job’: New York Mother Accused Of Letting Man In Motel Give Her Son, 10, Permanent Tattoo

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Oct. 21 2022, Published 1:02 p.m. ET

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A New York mom was arrested after she allegedly allowed her 10-year-old son to get a large permanent tattoo inked on his forearm, police said.

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Crystal Thomas was charged on Oct. 4 with one misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child and released.

Police said the boy’s school contacted authorities to report the incident after he went to a nurse and asked for Vaseline to be applied to the tattoo of block letters that spelled out his name, the Daily Mail reported.

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It is illegal in New York State for a minor under 18 to get a tattoo even if a parent or guardian consents.

The boy, an older sibling and his mother were staying in a motel in Highland when he found out a “gentleman in the room next to them” was able to do tattoos, Lloyd Police Chief James Janso told the Daily Mail.

Janso said the child asked Thomas if he could get one, and she allegedly agreed and “wasn’t in the room with him” when the child got tatted.

“It's not a professional job,” the chief said of the inner forearm tattoo that’s “six to eight inches in length.”

Police were searching for the man who allegedly gave the boy the tattoo.


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