October 5, 2009

Dad won't face life sentence for son's tattoo; VIDEO

What do you do with a dad who gives his 7-year-old son a gang tattoo? Prosecutors thought he should face a life sentence, but now a judge has disagreed and given him a more merciful fate. Was this the right choice?

The father, Enrique Gonzalez, gave his seven year old a gang tattoo, and the District Attorney wanted him to face a charge of "aggravated mayhem" which carries a very heavy sentence, but the judge felt this was too harsh and asked for it to be reduced. The men will now face p to seven years for "cruel and inhumane treatment of a child."

Prosecutors still believe life behind bars is what the dad deserves, but defense attorneys say the DA is just serving his own ego b trying to make an example out of the defendant. What do you think is the proper punishment? See the article below for more background on the case:

Dad won't face life sentence for son's tattoo; VIDEO
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A man facing a life sentence for having a quarter-sized gang sign tattooed on his 7-year-old son's hip let out a long sigh Friday when a judge said the act was not aggravated mayhem, a charge normally reserved for crippling attacks...

Dad won't face life sentence for son's tattoo; VIDEO

Posted at October 5, 2009 3:38 AM

wow unusual no! foreign countrys do much worse to their children and custom accepts. scaring tattoo's and how about the female gentials we all know in this country its ok to scar young males for life, is that our custom maybe and other countrys males are loved as is, Being cut or uncut is my question is it cruel? thinkabout it belong to a family or gang or not. need to prove to yourself or others ,do you all get my point, me no tats and all my birth parts are with me. Bill Baily , do we still have open minds and souls? o0r does the law decide?

Posted by: bill baily at October 5, 2009 5:08 AM

what about bleaching a child,s hair i.e.bleachthe chemical.is this the same.

Posted by: Anonymous at October 5, 2009 5:18 AM

shame, shame. the father took away the boy's right to choose. although i expect he will be indoctrinated into gang life when older, the father was "marking" - as dogs are prone to do.

Posted by: ingram at October 5, 2009 6:32 AM

While this is a terrible thing to do to a youngster, its realy more stupid than harmful.
Yes it sends a very bad message to the child and
the inclution of the kid into gang life or
ritual is unexcusable, the fact is it can be removed quite effectivly.
I feel that the father, if you can call him that, should have resticted parental rights with this child, maybe only acompanied visiting for regulated periods. Putting this kids father in jail will help nobody. Yes gangs are bad, very bad, but this man needs help not the world come crashing down on him. He needs help to break ties with his gang life and learn to be a responsable parent. In the case that he has kill people and has proven to be a civic threat, he should be removed from society, then yes, jail the fucker.
The problem with jail for me is, I don't like suporting these "A holes", at an average of $120 a day, we all loose. theres got to be a better way the fix this sort of problem, something comming from love and understanding and not hate and intolerance.

Posted by: marc poletti at October 5, 2009 9:52 AM

How about 60 days jail and some forced parenting classes. I agree with Marc, this was more stupid than harmful, but a lesson should definitely be taught here. How does 10 years in jail provide any justice in this case?

Posted by: Jack M at October 5, 2009 10:59 AM

THATS EFFING NUTS!!!!! Mind you I do NOT in any way support him giving his 7 yr old a tattoo,,,, but come on people,, LIFE???? Who in their right mind would try to do that to someone?? one mistake, even though its not rape or murder, and they try to take EVERYTHING,, 10 years to me is a tad bit much,, but he deserves what he gets for being idiotic.... but LIFE??? thats what the world comes to today murder = 25 to life (with possiblity or parole) drugs (depending on quantity and level narcotic) = life tattoo = life am i missing something here?????

Posted by: James at October 5, 2009 11:36 AM

Stupid a$$ sp!c needs to be casterated so he cannot reproduce.

Posted by: kdog at October 5, 2009 12:51 PM

Bleaching a childs hair is just WRONG!!!!! What are you saying to your child? You need a different color because your natural hair color does not look good.

Posted by: Anonymous at October 5, 2009 1:27 PM

Those of you who think bleaching or coloring a childs hair is at all similar to giving a child a permanant tattoo are just plain stupid. A permanant tattoo has to be sugically removed with lasers, and involves pain. My son had the tips of his hair frosted when he was 12. He asked to have this done. I saw nothing wrong with it! It grew out within 2 months and was cut off! No pain,nothing permanent. And had he changed his mind it could have been changed immedietly! It is more like letting you child wear one of those stick on temporary tattoos! It goes away!!

Posted by: Jody at October 5, 2009 2:07 PM

anthing that is temporary on body(hair bleach or what so ever) is so what that will fake away BUT for permanent tattoo on his son, the father deserves the dismeandor punishment for gang sign tattoo as encourage & endangerment of child as the same laws as for provide alcohol for under age of 21.
It's bad to influence his son toward a future of gang member...gang is crime except not for the Life sentence behind bars.
DAs always bring up the harsh or unprofessional requests.

Posted by: Rat at October 5, 2009 4:07 PM

I would much rather see this kind of harsh punishment for all those who abuse and neglect a child. A life sentence for tatooing your kid and a few of years for abusing them? ...

Posted by: Mrs Jones at October 6, 2009 12:36 AM

he should lose his parental rights

Posted by: janice at October 6, 2009 2:16 AM

I cannot believe that you people can say that a tattoo the size of a quarter maybe deserves this child to be taken away or for the father to serve jail time. That to me is just plain b.s. Did anyone ever think that since it is in a spot that can be covered up and can not be seen that he did it for other ultimate reasons. This child will never be mistaken for another, this child will always have an identifiable mark if he ever becomes another missing child. Why do so many have to look at it negative and look for negativity. You are only hearing one side did anyone bother to ask the parent why he did this? Children in our world that are this child's age are already out there having sex, and making babies for crying out loud. Shouldn't there be some kind of punishment for that??? Why can't you for two seconds get the father's side of this before jumping to conclusions. Did anyone put a stars father and mother in jail for marking their child? Do we put people in jail that give their children permanent tattoos on their foreheads between their eyes because that is a cultural ritual? Come on give me a break this father does not deserve to lose his son or serve jail time. That is obsurd

Posted by: Amy at October 9, 2009 3:11 AM

I don't think he should get life because that wouldnt be helping anyone at all. I think he should be put in jail though. He defaced his child! Who on earth does that...anyways, He does need some kind a jail time, and he should pay to have that tattoo removed or something. Not to mention have like 4 days accompanied visitations a month. Amy, I think its different because it is a gang sign and not a cultural ritual or something. Not to mention in cultural rituals everyone has them. Now, if every hispanic person had a paw print tattoed on their stomach or something, that would be completely different in my eyes. If a child is 7 yrs old and having sex, then something is wrong with that child mentally and the parents are to blame for that also. What the f**k Amy, his mother clearly did not approve of this tattoo, and was highly upset because it is a gang related tattoo. Maybe the child didnt want the friggin tattoo. So what?, when babies come out of the womb, or are a certain age should we just give them a special tattoo so that they're more identifiable than others? How about you give your child a tattoo when the turn 7. IF you already have kids Amy, how about you just give them one now. Even if he did want the tattoo, his dad should have waited until he was older. yeah, tattoo removal is painful and all, but if I were the mother I would want it removed (which I'm sure she would seeing as she's the one who reported the case) and have my child choose later in life for it.

Posted by: Princess at October 10, 2009 10:34 AM

Well most of you are assuming he did this forcably against the child's will. They never say whether or not the child wanted the tattoo. For all we know the child may have wanted to emulate his father so badly that he asked for the tattoo and his father allowed it. Which technically under law is perfectly legal. Parents take underage teenagers into tattoo parlors all the time and sign consent forms for them to get the tattoo. There is no law stating that you must be 18 years of age to receive a tattoo. The law only states that anyone under the age of 18 must have parental consent and supervision, well he had both of those things. In my opinion, no law was broken. If the mother didn't approve she could've settled it in a custodial manner by taking the child away from the father, but 10 years in prison is ridiculous.

Posted by: Maji at October 10, 2009 1:35 PM

Are you people seriously comparing bleaching a childs hair, and giving him a tatoo? Really!? He gave the child something that requires surgury to remove, not to mention that it's a gang symbol that could get him killed if the wrong person sees it. Now, a life sentance is a bit much for the crime. They should tatoo "Abusive Father" on the idiots forehead. But c'mon people, bleached hair grows out. Tatoo's are PERMENANT!

Posted by: RavinMic at October 10, 2009 2:46 PM

how about circumsision its painful and its there/or not there for life who decides this mon or dad? and why not let the child chose later when he is older? these DAs need to be fired they have way to much authority id tatto DA on there forhead and see how long they survive while not at work?

Posted by: dave at October 10, 2009 4:48 PM

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