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Woman admits to trying to cut off her children’s tattoos with hot razor blade

By Mason White 11:26 AM August 20, 2014
Melissa Delp 

By: Devansh Dutt
A woman was arrested, charged and convicted of child abuse after trying to cut off her children’s tattoos with a hot razor blade, prosecutors in Virginia said.

Campbell County prosecutors said that 35-year-old Melissa Delp, who tried to remove tattoos from her two daughters with a heated razor blade has pleaded guilty to felony child abuse.

Delp was sentenced to eight years in jail, with six and a half years suspended. She will serve 18 months in prison.

The charges stem from an incident in which the nanny of the girls, Alexander Edwards, forcibly tattooed the 12 and 13-year-old girls.

State law prohibits anyone from tattooing or performing body piercing on a person under 18 years old.

When Delp and her boyfriend, 32-year-old Daniel Janney, returned home and discovered the tattoos, they used the hot razor blade to remove the ink.

The couple could not scrape off the markings, and the girls suffered minor injuries and scars. Delp, Edwards and Janney were arrested on charges of child abuse.

Edwards was charged with two counts of malicious wounding, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of felony child abuse. Janney faces two felony child abuse charges and two counts of malicious wounding.