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Couple To Stand Trial Over Girl’s Smiley Face, and Derogatory Word Tattoo

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CENTERVILLE, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania couple has been ordered to stand trial on charges they tattooed a smiley face and a derogatory word on a 12-year-old girl who spent the night at their home.

The Titusville Herald reports 33-year-old Randall Charlton III and 30-year-old Melissa Becker, both of Centerville, on Tuesday waived their rights to preliminary hearings on child endangerment and related charges over the May 14 tattooing.

Crawford County prosecutors say Charlton and Becker didn’t contact the girl’s mother for permission to be tattooed. That’s against the law in Pennsylvania.

The girl was visiting children who were being supervised by Charlton and Becker at the time.

An affidavit obtained by the paper it states that Charlton used his tattoo kit and tattoo gun to tattoo a “smiley face,” with the word “bitch” above it, on the girl’s left forearm.

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