- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Virginia police have charged a mother and her boyfriend for trying do-it-yourself tattoo removal on their young children after a babysitter inked them without permission.

Alexander Edwards, 20, was caring for the mother’s two girls, both younger than 13, when Campbell County police said he tattooed them with a home tattoo kit, a local ABC News affiliate reported.

According to search warrants, one of the girls had her name tattooed on her shoulder.

The girls’ mother, Melissa Delp, 35, and her boyfriend, Daniel Janney, 32, told police that the girls were tattooed without their permission.


When the couple returned home, they used a heated razor blade to try and scrape or burn the tattoos off, according to police reports.

“It didn’t help the situation any,” Maj. L.T. Guthrie told the Lynchburg News . “It added more scarring.”

Miss Delp and Mr. Janney were charged Friday with malicious wounding and child abuse. The babysitter was charged with malicious wounding, child abuse and abduction, the Huffington Post reported.