A mother found herself in the middle of a controversy after posting a picture of her 6-month-old with what appeared to be a piercing in her baby’s dimple. Enedina Vance, an advocate who’s strongly against piercing and circumcising children, intended the photo to simply send a message, but instead spurred outrage when people assumed the piercing was real.
As reported by CNN, Vance, a stay-at-home mom from Fostoria, Ohio, posted the picture on Facebook with a message, exclaiming, “So I got the baby girl’s dimple pierced!!”
She went on to say, “It looks so cute, right?!! I just know she’s gonna love it!!”
Vance stated that her daughter would “thank me when she’s older” and asserted, “If she decides she doesn’t like it, she can just take it out, no big deal.”
She also said in the post, “I’m the parent, she is MY CHILD, I will do whatever I want!! I make all of her decisions until she’s 18, I made her, I own her!!”
The picture was actually created using photo editing software. The piercing isn’t real.
However, many people who viewed the post were outraged, leading some to send hate mail and make threats to contact Child Protective Services.
Vance shared screenshots of some of the reader’s reactions and a message showing her “new” Facebook account had been disabled.
Vance, 35, said during an interview, “The reaction that parent have when they see this beautiful, perfect baby being… mutilated, that initial shock, the reaction of anger, I want them to hold on to that.”
She posted a follow-up comment on Facebook, saying, “I seriously cannot believe how many people missed that this was purely satirical, I actually used the hashtag #sarcasm.”
Vance said that some commenters were “threatening to beat me to death, call child protective services, & take away my children.”
Based on Ohio law, children under the age of 18 can get tattoos and piercings as long as a parent or guardian is present and consents to the procedure. The majority of other states also have similar rules allowing minors to get a piercing with parental consent.