Georgia mother, Emmie Nolan, thought it would be a good idea to get “Jesus Loves” tattooed on her 12-year-old daughter, that is until she ended up behind bars.

Nolan, 35, the mother of the elementary school student was arrested. The tattoo artist, Brenda Hope Gaddy, (pictured right,) was also taken into custody. The tattoo was spotted and reported to authorities by the young girl’s fifth-grade teacher.


A fifth-grade teacher at Arnco-Sargent Elementary in Newnan called police after she spotted the tattoo on a 12-year-old girl wearing a strapless dress at a school dance back in March. The tattoo, which was on the girl’s shoulder, was a bluish-green cross with the word “Jesus” above the cross and “Loves” below it. source

The girl originally told authorities that her father made her get the tattoo, and that her mother got into a fight with him after she found out about it.

The child later changed her story and said that her father didn’t make her get the tattoo.At that time,she said that she wanted to get the tattoo, and that her father had never mistreated her.

The father denied the girl’s story, and said that his daughter got the tattoo at a Super Bowl party in Sargent.

After initially denying the charges, the tattoo artist admitted to giving the child the tattoo, but said that her mother gave permission to do so. She also admitted to tattooing at least two other minors, Fetner said.

“It’s difficult to imagine how as a parent you think it’s appropriate to supervise or allow someone to give your child a tattoo at that age,” said Fetner.

Nolan was charged with being a party to a crime — a misdemeanor. Investigators believe Nolan told her daughter to lie about where she got the tattoo. She has denied involvement.