Georgia man sentenced for tattooing ‘Daddy’s Boy’ on three-year-old son’s shoulder
www.dailymail.co.uk – A Georgia man has been banned from having contact with his son after he tattooed the three-year-old with the letters â€˜DBâ€™, which are short for â€˜Daddyâ€™s Boyâ€™.
Eugene â€˜Stonnerâ€™ Ashley, 26, pleaded guilty to giving his son Matthew the tattoo on his shoulder blade and was sentenced to one year probation and ordered to pay a $300 fine.
He had told police that he was drunk and did not remember tattooing the letters on the toddlerâ€™s body.
The tattoo was discovered when social workers visited the family home after someone complained about the living conditions.
Officers from the Department of Family and Children Services noticed the tattoo when they visited the house in May 2009 where Ashley lived with his wife Amy and their four children.
Police arrested and charged Ashley with tattooing someone under the age of 18. According to court documents the boy received the tattoo some time between January and May 2009.
Amy Ashley told how she discovered that her son had been given a tattoo. She said: ‘My son runs up to me and says “Mummy, I’ve got a tattoo”, and I said “You do”, and I said “Does it wash off?”, and he said “No it’s real”.’
She added: ‘There’s no excuse for what he did. I mean common sense, you just don’t tattoo a three-year-old.
‘I just wish he hadn’t done it.’
The child was taken into custody by the DFCS and is now cared for by the boyâ€™s uncle, George Hawkins.
Mr Hawins claims that Amy Ashley knew about the tattoo for months before her husband was arrested and tried to cover it up with fake tattoos, but she has denied the claims.
He said: â€˜He [Eugene Ashley] took full responsibility for giving the tattoo, but I think my niece should have been charged. Amy was charged with nothing. She tried to hide it.
She put fake tattoos over it to try and hide it.â€™
Mr Hawins said he thought Ashley was a good father before the discovery of the tattoo.
He said: â€˜He’d work 12 to 16 hours a day, feed the kids, give them a bath and put them to bed and then clean the kitchen up.â€™
He added that the boy still remembers getting the tattoo and when asked if the tattoo hurt he says â€˜a little bitâ€™.
Ashley worked as a pressure washer for power companies. He is not the childâ€™s biological family, but adopted him when he and Amy were married.
District Attorney Lee Patterson told a local television channel that it had been difficult to prosecute the case because the mother of the child refused to testify and â€˜I donâ€™t know if we would be able to elicit a testimony from a child.â€™
Ashley pleaded guilty before the case could be heard by a jury.