A mom has been arrested for allowing her 10-year-old son to get a tattoo — by a teenage artist — because she was allegedly tired of the boy begging to get inked, according to Ohio, TV station WSYX/WTTE.
The news outlet reported that 34-year-old Nikki Dickinson was charged with first-degree misdemeanor child endangerment and contributing to the delinquency of a minor after a video of the tattoo session went viral.
Court documents obtained by the news station read that the 16-year-old tattoo artist — identified by the Bellefontaine Examiner as Kyle Richardson of Lakeview — often gives tattoos at his home.
The Bellefontaine Examiner reported that the artist was charged with “performing tattoos in a manner that doesn’t meet safety and sanitation standards, and tattooing in a manner that does not meet sterilization and disinfection standards.”
“It bothered me. I’m a father and I’m a grandfather,” said one law official in the news segment, which showed a video of the boy (whose face was blurred out, along with the face of a woman on whose lap he sat) getting his arm tattooed by a young man.
Last week, an onslaught of outraged Facebook comments led to multiple calls to the Bellefontaine Police Department (a representative of which did not return Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment). “The phone has not stopped ringing,” the officer told WSYX/WTTE. “We’ve gotten calls from several different states [from] people that are concerned about the welfare of this child.”