Nikki Dickinson, a 34-year-old Bellefontaine, Ohio, mother, has been taken into custody after she allowed a 16-year-old to tattoo her 10-year-old son. The disturbing video went viral on social media, leading to Dickinson’s arrest on Friday, September 28. She was charged with child endangerment and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
According to authorities, police officers say Dickinson told them she got “tired of her son asking”, so she allowed him to get the tattoo.
In addition, court documents say that the tattooing happened in unsafe & unsanitary conditions, as the 16-year-old who did the tattoo reportedly “frequently” gives tattoos at home and is believed to have given a tattoo that turned into a MRSA infection.
Dickinson faces up to six months in jail if convicted of first-degree misdemeanor endangering of a child. The charge of contributing to the delinquency of a child is also a first-degree misdemeanor.
Furthermore, according to ABC, the 16-year-old teen, he was charged with two delinquency counts of tattooing prohibitions: performing tattooing in a manner that doesn’t meet safety and sanitation standards, and tattooing in a manner that does not meet sterilization and disinfection standards.
The third person in the video who was holding the young boy, Justice Oyer, has not been charged.
Dickinson said the following on Facebook about the incident:
“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. 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.”
That is all the information available at this time. This article will be updated should more become available.