Change of plea hearing set for mom of 10-year-old who received tattoo in Logan County

Published: Friday, December 21, 2018 @ 11:52 AM

A woman whose 10-year-old son was tattooed by a 16-year-old has a change of plea hearing scheduled next month for child endangering charge in connection to the case, records show.

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Nikki Dickinson initially pleaded not guilty to the charge in October.

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Dickinson, 34, was charged with a single count of child endangering after a video posted to Facebook in September allegedly showed a teen tattoo artist giving the child a permanent tattoo. 

The viral video caught the attention of police, which prompted an investigation of both Dickinson and the tattoo artist.

The 16-year-old artist, who was being detained in the juvenile detention center on an unrelated offense, is facing two misdemeanor counts accusing him of delinquency.

One count of the delinquency charge against the 16-year-old artist involves the sterilization of equipment. The other count accuses him of violating safety and sanitation standards, according to court record.

According to Ohio law, it is illegal to tattoo a child unless the parent gives consent. But, police said, tattoos must be done in a safe and sanitary environment.

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