An Ohio mom has come under fire after a viral video posted to Facebook shows her allowing her 10-year-old son to get a tattoo. The tattoo was done by a 16-year-old tattoo artist in what appears to be a living room - by no means the safe and sanitary conditions for tattooing required by law. The young artist has also been previously linked to the case of a tattoo-related staph infection. The video prompted many people to call local police which resulted in a full-scale investigation of the household.
The mom in question, Nikki Dickson, is now facing charges of first-degree misdemeanor child-endangerment as well as contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The legal problem here is not necessarily that she allowed for her son to get a tattoo but rather, that it occurred in unsanitary conditions.
As for why she allowed this, Dickson originally claimed that the video was fake. However, after the son told to social services that he wanted the tattoo, Dickson admitted she let it happen because was simply tired of her son asking to get the tattoo.
The mom is not the only one facing charges. The tattoo artist is also charged with two counts relating to his lack of proper sanitation and safety standards.
Should this mom be in trouble for letting her kid get a tattoo? After all, it's not illegal for a minor in Ohio to get a tattoo with a parent's permission. But, where should the line be drawn?