Mom of 10-year-old who received permanent tattoo in Logan County pleads not guilty

LAKEVIEW, LOGAN COUNTY — UPDATE @ 10:17 a.m. (Oct. 8):

A woman whose 10-year-old son was tattooed by a 16-year-old pleaded not guilty to child endangering, according to Logan County court records.

The trial for Nikki Dickinson is scheduled to begin Dec. 21.


The mother of the 10-year-old boy who received a tattoo from a 16-year-old artist in Logan County is scheduled to be arraigned in court today.

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Nikki Dickinson, 34, was charged with a single count of child endangering after a video posted to Facebook last month 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.

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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.

Dickinson is not in custody, though she has a warrant out for her arrest, records show.