In what the authorities in Ohio call a first for the state, a man has been accused of tattooing an infant.
Lee Michael Deitrick applied the tattoo on the buttocks of a one-year-old girl, Louisville Police Chief Andrew Turowski told CNN. “I cannot come up with a reasonable explanation as to why anybody would do such a thing,” he said.
Deitrick, 21, branded an “A” on the baby’s skin. Turowski said the mark was about half an inch in size. The incident occurred at Deitrick’s home last November but they weren’t informed of the allegation until last week, police said.
The suspect is described as a friend of the child’s mother who has not been charged in connection with the crime. “We have nothing to suggest that the mother played a part in this,” said Turowski.
Deitrick is charged with endangering the welfare of children, which is a felony, and is currently at the Stark County Jail. He is expected to appear at a preliminary hearing on February 17.
Deitrick has had brushes with the law in the past. He pleaded no contest to domestic violence in 2008 and was also charged with aggravated assault in the same year.
The tattoo has not been removed from the child’s skin, Turowski said.
“This is the first time I’ve seen an incident that involved a child being tattooed,” he added, “hopefully, the last.”
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