Video of child being tattooed leads to police investigation
BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) - A video posted on Facebook of a 10-year-old child getting a tattoo in a living room has led to outrage online and an investigation by police. Bellefontaine, Ohio, police became aware of the video Monday night, but say the child apparently got the tattoo five to seven days ago.
Police visited the child's home Monday night and found the boy was not in distress. Investigators said the mother was apparently aware of the incident and approved it.
"The child had actually said he asked for the tattoo," said Lt. Rick Herring of Bellefontaine Police. Police said the person applying the tattoo was 16 years old.
The video on Facebook led to hundreds of critical comments and has been shared hundreds of times. That has led to calls to police from all over.
"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."
At this point, however, police said they don't know who to charge or what crimes may have been committed. The investigation remains open but once completed, police will turn over the case to the Logan County prosecutor. Calls to the prosecutor were not returned Tuesday.