Mom Arrested for Allowing Sex Offender to Tattoo Her 3 Young Children: Reports
A Texas woman was arrested after she let a registered sex offender tattoo her children after she got drunk, according to authorities.
Ashley Weir, 31, was charged Monday with three counts of tattoos prohibited for certain persons after her ex-husband discovered their three young kids’ new ankle tattoos, according to reports.
Weir allegedly told her son and two daughters, all under the age of 14, to get tattoos “but not to cry or whine about it when it hurts,” an arrest affidavit said.
Her 13-year-old son got a tattoo of a cross, her 10-year-old daughter got a tattoo of an infinity symbol with a cross and her 9-year-old daughter got a tattoo of a heart with an arrow, KTBC-TV reported.
Weir’s boyfriend was at the home at the time with his brother, a registered sex offender identified as 21-year-old Dakota Popham. The children told police that Popham tattooed them, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Popham was convicted in 2013 of indecency with a child by exposure in a case involving a 13-year-old girl, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety’s sex offender registry.
He was also convicted in 2012 of indecency with a child by sexual contact in a case involving a 12-year-old girl and is listed as a lifetime member of the registry.
After discovering the tattoos, Weir's ex-husband called authorities, who allegedly found her intoxicated at the home.
Her ex-husband, who had come to pick up his children, is reportedly seeking custody of the kids.
Weir was being held in the Travis County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.
She posted a photo of one of her children to Facebook in February, writing: “I thank God for her and the life that she has me responsible for... I can't be selfish, I can't be as careless as I wish I could be... She is more important than my feelings and my own life... This is the real meaning of love right here.”
If convicted, she faces up to three years in prison.