Still working on runaways…random thought…

When the NCMEC said Jysell Lugo had “multiple tattoos” they weren’t kidding. NamUs says she has SIX. At fourteen years old! What kind of unethical tattoo artist is inking the body of a little girl?

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19 thoughts on “Still working on runaways…random thought…

  1. JJ April 19, 2016 / 7:44 pm

    She’s definitely active on Facebook as far as I can see. Says she currently lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, however, who knows if that is true! But you’re right about being so young and having so many tattoos!

    • D'Lil April 19, 2016 / 11:51 pm

      Send the Facebook link onto the NCMEC and they can go from there. I assume they may not have enough staff to go through all their cases for online sleuthing and keep on top of all of them. They rely on tips and the public for info.

  2. forthelost April 19, 2016 / 8:21 pm

    I saw an old family abduction case once where an eight year old had a tattoo.

    • D'Lil April 19, 2016 / 11:55 pm

      Omg! Was it known to be homemade or from a parlor? Sad, I’d think tattoo parlors would be regulated and not allowed to ink minors.

      • forthelost April 20, 2016 / 1:22 am

        I would assume it wasn’t from a parlor.

  3. Latricia April 19, 2016 / 8:58 pm

    I have students her age who have more tattoos than I do.

  4. Keelan April 20, 2016 / 6:49 am

    Lol, you guys, chill. What do you expect from kids in DETROIT? I was also a bit surprised but then when I read she’s missing from Detroit it became common sense.

  5. Kat April 20, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    That’s a hallmark of a bad life/parenting/choices, right there. And how many 70 year olds do you know named Jysell. I’m always astonished at these “unique” or trendy names that people give their kids, that sound cute at five, trashy at 15, and bizarre at 45. Just saying. And if all these people in the last few postings are ok, then they need to be off the MP lists. Also, there is no reputable tattoo “artist” that would touch a kid. Those are home made or done as practice by someone who won’t be on Ink Master.

    • Meaghan April 20, 2016 / 9:18 pm

      It’s probably a kreeaytiv spelling of the name Giselle. German for “pledge/hostage.” Speaking as someone with a kreeaytiv name spelling, I like it now but it is annoying to have to spell and re-spell it for everyone all the time.

      • Keelan April 21, 2016 / 11:44 am

        “kreeaytiv” are you high? It’s CREATIVE. And I don’t know where you get the German idea from as in German “pledge” means versprechen (or das Gelöbnis) and hostage is Geisel. I’m from and in Europe so I know this, and it’s pretty common knowledge here that Giselle is FRENCH and originated in FRANCE.

      • Meaghan April 21, 2016 / 4:03 pm

        I looked the name up on Nameberry, a popular website about baby names (and total time vampire). That’s what it said. http://nameberry.com/babyname/Giselle Although it does sound suspiciously French.

        And I should think it would be obvious that I was deliberately misspelling creative to show how stupid it looks when people deliberately misspell words, especially names.

      • Nearer April 22, 2016 / 7:40 pm

        Giselle is thought to be derived from the Old High German word for pledge, which is gïsel. Having said that, the modern German language has very little in common with Old High German, because the language has evolved through the years. The name Giselle is a French variation. In Germany the most common variant of the name is Gisela.

      • Meaghan April 24, 2016 / 12:27 am

        Thank you Nearer for that learned explanation.

  6. Brian Lockett April 20, 2016 / 10:32 pm

    This may make me sound like an idiot. But it doesn’t sound too God-awful terrible to me.
    If she wants them… Why not?

    All kids dream something stupid and some will go through with it (i.e. getting a tattoo). We all learn from when we do silly things when we’re younger. She’s stuck with them, but if she likes them…

    I don’t know how “legal” the tattoos were, per se. Or whether there was parental permission or what have you. She obviously had some of the tattoos before she ran away since her family at least knew of them, whether they actually approved of them or not.

    They also don’t sound like some mess of “terrible” tattoos. They weren’t really out of line for what a girl her age would pick were they to go get a tattoo. They don’t seem “dirty” or criminally related. Nor does it sound like they were forced upon her. By that, I mean that they don’t seem to be where a gang or something has “claimed her as property” with some kind of mark.

    • Meaghan April 21, 2016 / 3:48 am

      No, her tattoos aren’t too bad and most, maybe all of them, can be concealed by everyday clothing. Certainly they’re much better than a runaway I wrote about who, at the age of 15, had “fuck you” tattooed across her knuckles. That’s a lifetime of unemployment right there.

      I think tattooing minors is illegal in most states, at least without parental permission. I know that in at least one state, it’s a felony even if the parent gives permission.

  7. Makoons Miller Tanner April 22, 2016 / 1:18 pm

    As a former social worker, I knew a lot of kids who had tattoos as young as 13. They are often done by family members. Tattoos, at least in the Native American community, are not very taboo and having them as a teenager is pretty normalized. Before contact many tribes tattooed anyway as teenagers. It may be considered a “poor life choice” by those in dominant culture but it’s a fairly traditional practice even if the designs themselves may not be traditional.

    That being said, I also knew a child as young as 9 who had a tiny tiny tattoo because her drug-addicted parents thought it would be cool for her to “see how it feels.” They were all Caucasian, by the way.

  8. Mia April 23, 2016 / 5:29 pm

    Well, I’d guess she passed herself off as way older than 14, and the person doing them was probably not operating a business that routinely checked IDs and asked about blood-borne illnesses. Could have been a family member doing them as well.

  9. Jenn April 25, 2016 / 6:52 pm

    Sounds like maybe they were done herself or by a friend just by the types of tattoo and. How they all sound pretty simple

  10. Melinda August 5, 2016 / 7:42 am

    Wow, some ignorant and borderline racist/classist comments here…didn’t expect to see that. I agree that a 14-year-old has no business with tattoos.
    I don’t care for tattoos in general; I have none at all. But on some people, they can be attractive. It depends on the person.

    What I’m responding to are the people talking crap about her name and the fact that she was from Detroit (therefore implying that she is “less than” because of her socioeconomic status).
    So because she’s from a certain city that is generally known for crime and poverty, it’s OK to make fun of the way her name is spelled and to say things like “what do you expect from kids in Detroit?”

    We don’t know where this girl is or what happened to her, even if some people claim that she is on Facebook. And until she is found, she should NOT be taken off the missing persons list because I’m sure she still has people who care about her.

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