Alexander Edwards, 20, of Rustburg, Virginia
Babysitter ‘tattooed children he was looking after’… then parents tried to remove inkings with a hot RAZOR blade when they got home
, was caring for his family friend Melissa Delp’s two girls on December 22, 2013, while she and boyfriend, Daniel Janney, were out. He allegedly used a home kit to tattoo the children, both under 13. One of the girls had her name on her shoulder. Her sister’s tattoo isn’t known.
When Delp, 35, and Janney, 32, returned home they reportedly attempted to remove the tattoos with a hot razor blade. The couple is charged with two counts each of malicious wounding and child neglect. Edwards is facing two counts of malicious wounding, two counts of abduction and two counts of felony child abuse.
Poor kid: The parents are seen with one of the children who was tatooed while they were out.
A Virginia tattoo enthusiast is facing child abuse charges after he allegedly inked two children he was babysitting without their or their parents’ consent. When Delp, 35, and her boyfriend, Janney, 32, returned home to find out what had happened, they attempted to remove the tattoos, Major L.T. Guthrie of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office said. ABC reported that Janney tried to use a hot razor blade to remove the ink. They too are now facing charges.
‘It didn’t help the situation any,’ Guthrie said of the parents’ attempt to hide the inkings. ‘It added more scarring.’ The couple is charged with two counts each of malicious wounding and child neglect.
Edwards is facing two counts of malicious wounding, two counts of abduction and two counts of felony child abuse. Delp and Janney appeared at a preliminary hearing in Campbell County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Monday. The hearing was not open to the public or media. Janney appeared wearing jail-issued clothing. He is being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail without bond. Delp has been released on bond and appeared in court in plain clothes.
Edwards, who remains in custody, will face court on May 12. The News Advance reported that a competency evaluation is pending for Edwards.