A mother posted a photo of her infant daughter with a pierced dimple on Facebook, sparking outrage, threats and calls to remove the child from her custody.
Enedina Vance, a strong advocate against piercing or circumcising children, posted the edited picture to Facebook, where it had more than 13,000 shares as of Thursday afternoon.
The photo shows a beaming baby with a diamond-studded piercing on her left cheek. It was captioned with her mother’s unapologetic, although sarcastic, words.
“So I got the baby girl’s dimple pierced!!
It looks so cute, right?!! I just know she’s gonna love it!! She’ll thank me when she’s older lol If she decides she doesn’t like it, she can just take it out, no big deal
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!! I don’t need anyone’s permission, I think it’s better, cuter, & I prefer her to have her dimple pierced. Its NOT abuse!! If it was, it would be illegal, but it’s not. People pierce their babies everyday, this is no different
MY BABY, MY CHOICE!! PARENT’S CHOICE, PARENT’S RIGHTS!! Don’t judge my parenting, we all raise our kids differently, it’s none of your business anyway!!” Vance wrote.
Immediately after seeing the post, people were outraged with the photo.
One woman said she was going to make sure authorities knew about the picture, calling Vance an “abusive and an unfit mother.” Another woman told her to “get hit by a car,” after saying, “I called CPS and made a police report against you for child endangerment and child abuse!”
Vance explained the photo was a fake, created in Photoshop, in a post later that day. She explained photo, along with its over-the-top caption, was a way to draw parallels between circumcision and body piercing.
Sources: Opposing Views