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September 21, 2009 - Per Peterson
Eyebrows were raised in the newsroom Monday when an Amber Alert came over the fax. The alert didn’t involve an area child, but a boy from the metro area. What shocked us is that in the physical description portion of the alert, it listed a “Mickey Mouse tattoo” as an identifying mark. The kid’s 2. I’d like to think it was one of those temporary sticker tattoos. However, if law enforcement went so far as to officially list the tattoo as an identifying mark, you’d think it probably was a real, permanent one. And if it is, wow, talk about questionable parenting and a total collapse of judgement. The kid had gone missing with his mom, who took him from the father’s home, the alert said. The mother had threatened to kill both herself and the child. We don’t know if it was one or the other or both parents who allowed a tattoo artist to give the boy his tattoo, but whoever it was needs to be talked to. It’s bad enough 1- or 2-year-old girls are allowed by some parents to get their ears pierced, and this, if it is indeed a real tattoo, is just as bad.


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