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Police: Mother arrested for tattooing 11-year-old daughter

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By NBC News staff

A North Carolina woman is in trouble with the law for tattooing her 11-year-old daughter, according to a published report.

Odessa Clay, 30, of Grantsboro in Pamlico County has been charged with one count of tattooing a person under age 18, WCTI-TV reported.

In North Carolina, it's illegal to tattoo a minor.

Clay was arrested and charged in late September after police in Havelock, where she used to live, found out she gave her daughter a small, heart-shaped tattoo near her right shoulder, according to WCTI. Clay, who herself is heavily tattooed, said she used her own tools.

"She asked me to do it," Clay told WCTI.

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Clay said she numbed her daughter's arm for the procedure and her daughter was never in pain.

Clay said she did not know that tattooing a minor is illegal. She told WCRI that she believes a former in-law reported the tattoo.

She is due in court next month.

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