Well, they wanted it. That's the reason Jo-Jo Marsh gave for tattooing her own children (one as young as ten years old) with a home-made tattoo gun (with a guitar string as a needle, no less):
"We were making it look like it was a cross," said Jo-Jo Marsh, "so the kids could have something they could say it was."
Jo-Jo Marsh shows Eyewitness News the tattoo on her son's hand. The mark is a cross-like symbol left by a home-made tattoo gun with a guitar string as a needle.
"We didn't even break the skin barely," said Marsh, "they are very tiny, just through a few layers, on the top, they will fade away, that's how minuscule this is."
Marsh and her husband, Jacob Bartels, face child cruelty charges after detectives found the same mark on six of the couple's seven children. One of the children is just 10 years-old. [...]
Marsh defends her actions saying the kids were begging for tattoos like hers.
She told [WRCB TV] multiple times during our interview that she changed the needle each time.
Marsh believes as the children's guardian, she should have the right to tattoo them if she chooses. "Shouldn't I have say so over what goes on in my child's life," said Marsh, "I have custody of my child, I'm not going to hurt my child."
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