5-year-old’s tatoo leads to arrest of mother | TahoeDailyTribune.com

5-year-old’s tatoo leads to arrest of mother

A 27-year-old South Lake Tahoe woman was arrested for allegedly using extreme corporal punishment in disciplining her 2-year-old daughter. Investigators said they discovered the abuse after the mother brought the girl to a meeting with her son’s principal at Bijou Elementary School. The meeting was called because the woman’s 5-year-old son had a South Side 13 gang tattoo on his hand, allegedly given to him by his older brother. The tattoo was three dots in the shape of a triangle in the web of the boy’s hand, police said.

Lucia Martinez, 27, was arrested for suspicion of willfully inflicting cruel corporal punishment on her daughter after South Lake Tahoe police allegedly found bruises on the girl’s face and body.

Investigators said that witnesses stated that Martinez hit her children to discipline them, and that she had been warned by relatives that it was illegal. Child Protective Services took the girl and Martinez’s three other children into protective custody, police said.

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