Mom charged after reportedly allowing 10-year-old to be tattooed by teen
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.
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.
Cell phone video of the tattoo went viral last week, prompting many to contact ABC 6/FOX 28 with their concerns.
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