Mother slammed after video surfaces of her 9-year-old son getting a tattoo on his arm with her permission
The video was first shared on Facebook three days ago and has already managed to clock more than 1 million views as viewers debated whether the parents put the boy in harm's way
Social media has been up in arms about a viral video that appears to show a 9-year-old boy getting a tattoo done on his arm. The video shows the child sitting inside what is reportedly an Ohio home to get inked, with several other adults also present in the room and approving of the process.
The tattoo — which one can see is an S in the finished pictures — is completely real and that law enforcement was notified of the incident. However, the police are said to be unclear on whether any law has been broken and if they can charge the parents with any crime over the tattoo.
In the footage, the nine-year-old can be seen sitting on the lap of a woman as he gets the tattoo from a red-haired boy who is allegedly only 16 years old himself. As the artist continues working on the tattoo, the boy can be heard talking about playing games with his friends.
As the video continues, the boy can be heard asking several times if the tattoo is done and at one point, when he asks the artist to stop for some reason, the woman interrupts him and says, "Hey! Look at me. He's not done." She also tells him that "you're fine" and that "you're almost done" as the 16-year-old continues to work on the boy's arm.
After the footage went viral, the Bellefontaine Police were notified and say they visited the child's home this past Monday. They reported that the boy's mother had approved of her son getting inked and that the nine-year-old himself did not seem to be in distress himself.
Speaking about the incident, Lt. Rick Herring told Daily Mail, "The phones have not stopped ringing. We've gotten calls from several different states from people that are concerned for the welfare of this child." However, he said that the child informed police that he had asked for the tattoo.
The incident was first shared on Facebook by user Storm Harrington, who posted the video with a caption of, "He is not old enough to know what he wants or to make any kind of decision like this. You truly [sic] are a worthless parent for this.!!!" In the three days since it was shared, it has already clocked up over a million views.
While the police did not seem to know how to charge the parents, one commenter who seemed to know the law wrote, "Section 3730.07 Misdemeanor in the 1st degree... child must be 16 with parental consent... also classified as child abuse." A woman who seemed to be the boy's grandmother commented, "Omg she needs to go to jail for doing this to my grandson no he doesn’t [sic] know any better but they sure do what they gonna do start giving them drugs next."
After receiving a lot of hate messages, a Facebook user by the name of Misty Harrington- Stachlersomeone close to the family has put forward a statement clearing the air regarding the post. She says: "To everyone that wants to message my daughter. Justice Oyeris not the mother of that child. The mother is the one actually video tapping it. Justice made a bad choice by being involved with it but she did nothing else wrong. Since everyone has something to say. 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. Everyone acts like they have never made a bad choice in life. So if you adults out there could stop messaging my kid and telling her to kill herself that would be great. All you perfect people need to look in a mirror because I bet none of you would want your bad choices but out like this."