Cops: Drunk Mom Lets Sex Offender Tattoo Her Kids

She's facing up to 3 years in prison
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2016 6:49 PM CDT
Cops: Drunk Mom Lets Sex Offender Tattoo Her Kids
Ashley Weir   (Travis County Sheriff)

A 31-year-old Texas woman is in jail after police say she got hammered and let a sex offender tattoo her three underage children, the San Antonio Express-News reports. The children—a 13-year-old boy, 10-year-old girl, and 9-year-old girl—were at their mother Ashley Weir's home Monday when she allegedly told them to get tattoos and to not "cry or whine about it." All three received ankle tattoos—a cross, an infinity symbol, and a heart with an arrow, respectively. Afterward, the 13-year-old called their father to pick them up and said "they had a surprise for him and that he might not like it." Their father arrived to find his children tattooed and their mother—according to an affidavit—"passed out drunk."

The children's father called police for a welfare check on Weir, and she was arrested. Weir has been charged with three counts of tattoos prohibited for certain persons. The misdemeanor could land her up to three years in prison. KTBC reports Weir has been arrested for investigation of DUI and public intoxication multiple times in the past. The Dallas Morning News identifies the alleged tattooer as 21-year-old Dakota Popham, the brother of Weir's boyfriend. He was convicted of indecency with a child by sexual conduct involving a 12-year-old girl in 2012 and indecency with a child by exposure involving a 13-year-old girl in 2013. (More tattoos stories.)

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