A mother and her boyfriend are charged with two counts each of malicious wounding and felony child abuse following the tattooing of two children.
Melissa Delp, 35, and Daniel Janney, 32, were charged Friday after the arrest of family friend Alexander Edwards, who stands accused of tattooing the children, both younger than 13, without consent, said Maj. L.T. Guthrie, of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office.
Edwards, 20, is charged with two counts of malicious wounding, two counts of abduction and two counts of felony child abuse, Guthrie said.
Edwards was taking care of the children on Dec. 22, 2013, when the children were tattooed without their consent or the consent of their parents, Guthrie has said.
“These charges [against Delp and Janney] stem from their response to what they found when they came home,” he said. “There was an effort to cover these tattoos up.”
When Delp and Janney returned to their Concord home, Guthrie said, they attempted to remove the tattoos.
“It didn’t help the situation any,” Guthrie said. “It added more scarring.”
Delp and Janney are being held at the Campbell County Adult Detention Center.
Michael Mucklow, co-owner and operator of GO! Tattoo Removal in Kutztown, Pa., said he would like to offer free removal procedures to the two victims.
“It breaks my heart to know they have gone through something like that,” he said. “I can’t imagine what it’s like.”
Mucklow said by using lasers, his business performs a non-invasive procedure to break down the pigment of a tattoo. Patrons have to return sometimes 10 to 12 times to remove the tattoo, Mucklow said.
“We charge $200 per treatment,” he said.
Mucklow said he would like to provide the treatments for free to the two victims or at least connect them with another tattoo-removal operation.