Enedina Vance’s little girl looks like any other happy baby, but on closer inspection, however, you’ll see that her daughter appears to have had her cheek pierced. Enedina shared the image to actually speak out AGAINST body modifications in young children, but a large number of her target audience were confused – and the mum has since received death threats and threats to call Child Protection Services. Enedina’s image had in fact been doctored and the accompanying caption written ironically. “It looks cute, right?!”
The mum-of-six wrote, “I just know she’s gonna [sic] 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 and I prefer her to have her dimple pierced. It’s NOT abuse!! If it was, it would be illegal, but it’s not. People pierce their babies everyday, this is no different.”
Staunchly and publicly anti-circumcision for baby boys – an topic she says she was uneducated about until the birth of her eldest son – Enedina intended to highlight the issue with her post. The photoshopped image instead unnerved and angered other parents, who did not pick up on the sarcastic tone. She also revealed she had received threats from other mums and dads.