Incident happened more than a year ago

Published: Monday, October 8, 2012 at 06:59 PM.

A Pamlico County woman faces charges of giving her 11-year-old daughter a tattoo.

Odessa Jean Clay, 30, was staying with her daughter at the Budget Inn in Havelock when she allegedly inscribed a heart on the child’s upper right chest in March of 2011, according to Havelock Police.

The charge was made last month, and the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office served Clay with a criminal summons, according to Investigator Christopher Morning with the Havelock Police Department.

State law prohibits giving a person under 18 a tattoo.

Morning said the tattoo is about a half-inch wide and was put on the child with tattoo equipment owned by Clay.

“It is an outline of a heart, just an outline,” he said. “It appears black, very faint and very faded.”

Morning said the tattoo appears on the child’s upper right chest near her right shoulder.

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