Mom charged after reportedly allowing 10-year-old to be tattooed by teen


    A Bellefontaine woman allegedly encouraged a teen to give her 10-year-old son a tattoo. (WSYX/WTTE)

    A Bellefontaine woman is facing charges after she allegedly allowed a teen to give her 10-year-old son a tattoo.

    Nikki J. Dickinson, 34, was charged with first-degree misdemeanor child endangering and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Officers say the mom told them she got "tired" of her son asking, so she allowed him to get the tattoo.

    Video of child being tattooed leads to police investigation

    BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) - A video posted on Facebook of a 10-year-old child getting a tattoo in a living room has led to outrage online and an investigation by police. Bellefontaine, Ohio, police became aware of the video Monday night, but say the child apparently got the tattoo five to seven days ago.

    Court documents said Dickinson endangered her son by allowing the tattoo to happen in unsafe, unsanitary conditions. The 16-year-old reportedly frequently gives tattoos at home according to a witness, and investigators say it's believed the teen gave a tattoo to another individual that turned into a MRSA infection.

    The 16-year-old teen was charged with two delinquency counts of tattooing prohibitions: performing tattooin in a manner that doesn't meet safety and sanitation standards, and tattooing in a manner that does not meet sterilization and disinfection standards.

    Legit tattoo artists shocked by 10 year-old getting inked in Facebook video

    Professional tattoo artists reacted with shock to a viral video circulating on Facebook of a Central Ohio boy getting a permanent tattoo. The 10 year-old boy is seen getting inked by a 16 year-old wielding the needle, while seated on a woman"s lap. The video sparked outrage on social media and led to a police investigation.

    Cell phone video of the tattoo went viral last week, prompting many to contact ABC 6/FOX 28 with their concerns.

    ABC 6/FOX 28 will continue to follow this story.



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