Mom arrested after shocking video shows her 10-year-old son getting a tattoo in unsanitary conditions
A mother has been arrested after a video spread online showing her allowing her ten-year-old son to get a tattoo from a teenager.
According to ABC News, officers said that Nikki J Dickinson, 34, had told them she had gotten "tired" of her son asking, so relented and let him get one.
In Ohio, where the incident took place, it is legal for minors to get tattoos with their parents' consent - but only if it is done in a business where certain health and safety standards are met. In this case, they definitely weren't.
Court documents said Dickinson endangered her son by allowing it to happen in unsafe, unsanitary conditions. The 16-year-old who gave her son the tattoo reportedly gives tattoos at home on a regular basis, and is believed to have given another individual an MRSA infection due to the lack of sanitary conditions.
The Ohio mother seems to have regretted her actions afterwards, though seemingly didn't think the consequences would be so severe.
"Justice made a bad choice by being involved with it but she did nothing else wrong...but really this child is not abused nor neglected," she wrote on Facebook. "Does his mother make bad decisions? Yes. But when you got people beating up old people and people actually abusing their kids no one says nothing."
You can see the original video below:
The teenager was charged with two delinquency counts of tattooing prohibitions, which include giving a tattoo in a manner that doesn't meet safety standards and doing so in a manner that does not meet sterilization and disinfection standards.
Dickinson has been charged with first-degree misdemeanour child endangering and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She could potentially face up to six months jail time.