Outrage after a video has emerged on Facebook of a 10-year-old boy getting a tattoo.
Last week we shared the video, posted by Storm Harringto, showing the young boy receiving a tattoo.
“Wth is this,” Harrington wrote in the Facebook post, tagging two unknown women. “How old is Skylar, 9? He is not old enough to know what he wants or to make any kind of decision like this. You truly are a worthless parent for this.!!!”
In the video, the woman encourages the boy not to look while he is being tattooed. At some points, he appears to be visibly wincing.
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Facebook users expressed their outrage in the comments. Many alerted the authorities.
“This sh-t is illegal,” one person wrote.
“Disgusted!!!” and “That’s not right,” said others.
Ohio police investigated the incident after they were prompted by a number of concerned citizens.
They visited the home of the mother and child on Monday night but say the child did not appear to be in distress.
“The child had actually said he asked for the tattoo,” Lt. Rick Herring of Bellefontaine Police told ABC6.
Ohio law states that tattoos under the age of 18 are allowed if the child is given consent from a parent.
“The phones have not stopped ringing,” Herring said.
“We’ve gotten calls from several different states from people that are concerned for the welfare of this child.”
Police are not yet sure whether they will press charges.
UPDATE 3 October
The Ohio mother who allowed her 10-year-old son to get a tattoo and filmed it for a distressing video which went viral on social media last week has since been arrested, according to Daily Mail.
Nikki Dickinson, 34, was arrested in Bellefontaine, Ohio, and taken into custody on Friday on charges of child endangering and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Ms Dickinson told police on Friday that the young boy had been pleading with her to get a tattoo and she gave into him because she was ‘tired’ of him constantly asking for one.
The mother was not charged for letting the boy get a tattoo but for the manner in which she allowed it to take place.
The teenage tattoo artist was charged with not following safety and sanitary guidelines.
He was charged with two delinquency counts of tattooing prohibitions. He is being charged as a minor.
The other woman in the video did not face charges.
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