Zavalla couple accused of forcibly tattooing children
ANGELINA COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - A mother and step-father were arrested after they allegedly tattooed their children.
The affidavit states that, following claims by Child Protective Services and a subsequent investigation by the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office, Megan Mae Farr, 27, and Gunner Farr, 23, tied down their children, ages 9 and 5 years, and forcibly gave them tattoos. One child was given a tattoo on their foot, the other on their shoulder. The investigator alleges that the parents tied the children down with a rope, covering their mouth with tape and covering their eyes with a rag as the tattoos were being made.
“There were forensic interviews with the children and a lot of the information from the forensic interviews was used in this investigation,” interim Zavalla Police Chief Lieutenant James Denby said.
The affidavit also alleges that the parents sought to conceal the tattoos by cutting, scraping and scrubbing the tattooed areas, and also attempted to remove the ink by rubbing them with lemon juice. This was after the children’s biological father and stepmother saw the tattoos on the children and asked Megan Farr about it. He claims she laughed about it and drove away. He reported the incident to CPS
“And this happened around the time CPS became involved,” Denby said.
Denby says a tattoo kit has been turned over to investigators.
“Someone came forward and turned in a tattoo kit that she claimed was loaned to Gunner to perform tattoos. She didn’t know it was going to be performed on a child,” Denby said.
The two children involved as well as two other children are now in CPS custody.
Denby says this is an ongoing investigation, and all information in this case will be turned over to the Angelina County DA office for prosecution.
Megan Mae Farr is charged with two counts of injury to a child and unlawful restraint, while Gunner Farr is charged with one count of unlawful restraint and one count of injury to a child. They each have a bond amount totaling $35,000.
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