Man charged with cruelty for tattooing toddler

A Floyd County man has been charged with child cruelty after authorities say he tattooed his 3-year-old son.

Floyd County Police Sgt. Teri Davis said Eugene Ashley, 24, tattooed the back of his son's right shoulder with "DB," which stands for "Daddy's Boy," sometime this spring. The man told police he was intoxicated at the time, Davis said.

The child's mother, Amy Ashley, was not present during the incident.

The tattoo was discovered after an unidentified person complained to the Department of Family and Children Services about the conditions at the Ashley home. The Ashleys have three or four children, Davis said.

"You keep thinking you've seen it all, and then voila," Davis said.

The children remain with their mother; Eugene Ashley was arrested May 21 and faces charges of child cruelty and tattooing a person younger than 18 years old, the latter being a misdemeanor, Davis said.

Ashley has been released from jail; information on his bond amount was not immediately available.