[Ed. – Hard not to just prescribe preemptive sterilization for all the “adults” in this case.]
RUSTBURG — A Campbell County judge on Monday certified charges to a grand jury against a mother and her boyfriend in connection with the tattooing of two children without consent.
Melissa Delp, 35, and Daniel Janney, 32, are charged with two counts each of malicious wounding and child neglect. The charges stem from efforts to remove tattoos on the children, who were younger than age 13 at the time, according to the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office.
Alexander Edwards, a family friend, is charged with two counts of malicious wounding, two counts of abduction and two counts of felony child abuse. Edwards was taking care of the children Dec. 22, 2013, when the children were tattooed without their consent or the consent of their parents, Maj. L.T. Guthrie of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office has said.
When Delp and Janney returned to home and found out what happened, there was an effort to cover the tattoos up, Guthrie said.
“It didn’t help the situation any,” Guthrie has said of the response of Janney and Delp. “It added more scarring.”