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Mom and boyfriend charged with abuse after tattooing two young daughters

Making matters worse, the clueless boyfriend tried removing the tattoos with a hot razor blade.
Making matters worse, the clueless boyfriend tried removing the tattoos with a hot razor blade.
Campbell County Sheriff’s Office

A mother from Va. and her boyfriend have been charged with child abuse and malicious wounding after the mom’s two children, both under the age of 13, were tattooed. Making matters worse, the couple then subjected the kids through a painful and thoughtless procedure to try and have the tattoos removed.

According to a Jan. 18 WJLA report, Va. mother Melissa Delp, 35, along with her boyfriend, Daniel Janney, 32, were being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail System and charged on Friday.

According to arrest documents, after the kids were tattooed, the boyfriend “attempted to remove the tattoos from Delp's daughters with a hot razor blade at their Concord home.”

"These charges stem from their response to what they found when they came home," said Campbell County sheriff's Maj. L.T. Guthrie. "There was an effort to cover these tattoos up.

"It didn't help the situation any. It added more scarring."

Reportedly, on Dec. 22, the two young girls were in the care of a family friend, 20-year-old Alexander Edwards, who allegedly tattooed the girls of his own volition and without anyone’s consent.

Alexander Edwards has been charged with two counts of abduction regarding the two daughters, and was also charged with two counts of felony child abuse and two counts of malicious wounding.

An offer to help the children has come in from a tattoo removal shop in Kutztown, Pa.

Michael Mucklow, co-owner of the tattoo removal shop, “would like to offer free removal or referral to the two girls using a non-invasive procedure that uses lasers to break down the pigment of a tattoo.”

"It breaks my heart to know they have gone through something like that," Mucklow said. "I can't imagine what it's like."

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