Mom's Reaction to Learning Babysitter Tattooed Her Kids Gets Her Arrested

tattooTwo girls under the age of 13 were reportedly given tattoos by the caregiver who was watching them while their mother and mother's boyfriend were out. All three adults -- the babysitter, mother, and boyfriend -- have been arrested and are being charged with felony child abuse.

Why were the mom and boyfriend arrested, as well? Because what they did when they came home made a bad situation so much worse.

According to reports, Alexander Edwards, 20, gave the young girls tattoos while they were under his care. And when their mother, Melissa Delp, and her boyfriend, Daniel Janney, returned home and saw what Edwards allegedly did, Janney tried to remove the tattoos himself -- by attempting to burn them off. "There was an effort to cover these tattoos up," said a sheriffs' department officer. "It didn’t help the situation any. It added more scarring."

These poor children! Not only were they subject to the pain of getting a tattoo via their babysitter, they then were reportedly burned.

Details are pretty scant on the situation, but going off of what's been reported, every adult in this situation is completely wrong. It had to have been completely shocking/horrifying/upsetting for Delp and Janney to come home and see that the two pre-teens had been tattooed without consent. But to try to remove the ink by themselves by inflicting such pain is both dumb and cruel.

A tattoo removal artist in Kutztown, Pennsylvania has kindly offered to remove the girls' tattoos at no cost. "It breaks my heart to know they have gone through something like that," he said. "I can't imagine what it's like." Hopefully, the removal process won't be too painful for these innocent children. And hopefully they'll be put under the care of someone who would never think about tattooing -- or removing a tattoo -- again.

What would you do if your babysitter tattooed your kids?


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Einyn Einyn

Where I'm from there's actually no age of consent for tattoos. I got my first at 13, with my mum's permission actually, but we looked into the laws and were told there weren't any yet.

Jespren Jespren

yeah, age of consent laws for tattoos, or the need for adult consent varies greatly from state to state. That being said if a babysitter tattooed my kids, there would be cops and a hospital involved.

Baile... Bailey8307

When I read the title and intro I thought for sure the parents were arrested for a physical altercation with the babysitter. I could understand THAT, because I would be beyond pissed if someone did that to my children! I can't imagine why they thought it'd be a good idea to burn these poor little girls! I am glad to hear someone has volunteered to remove the tattoos professionally. I hope justice is served and these girls are never exposed to any kind of abuse again. Good God, what is wrong with people these days?

Erin Butcher

I have numerous tattoos, with plans to get more, so obviously I would have no problem with my son getting tattooed.  HOWEVER, if someone gave my underage child a tattoo without my permission there would be all sorts of hell to pay.  My son is only 3 now, but if he expresses the desire to get tattooed before he turns 18, then we will discuss it and I will take him if I feel like his reasons are good.  And honestly, i cannot BELIEVE these people tried to burn the tattoos off!  That is just crazy!  So glad a PROFESSIONAL is going to help these girls out and remove the tattoos for them.  It's just too bad they are scarred for life, in more ways than one....

2baby... 2babymomma

It doesn't really say what the mother did

nonmember avatar Mamad1214

1st of being someone who has tattoos they hurt a bit so how these two pre-teens girl sat there an let this man just do them is beyond me, second as a mom of three young kids if they want tattoos they will have to wait till proper age just like I did, I just find that there is missing information from this story

Samantha Baker

I imagine that the tattoo artist probably didn't force them against their will (teens are very interested in that kind of thing) however, as the adult he should have known better than to do it with out parental consent, they are way to young to get a tattoo regardless. The fact that the mom and boyfriend tried to burn it off is just insane to me-that is practical torture to force teens to let you burn their skin and it would have been much more painful than the original tattoo. I think it is quite honorable of that guy to offer to remove the tattoos at no cost, hopefully that don't have too bad of scarring from the burns though.

nonmember avatar ZayJaiBrayCai

These girls were not at home. The artist is actually being charged with abduction as well as the other charges listed and a few more. To know these people personally (just by living in the same town) it doesn't surprise me. It's sick, they're sick! These poor girls have had to go through hell.

nonmember avatar Robert

Why on earth would anyone leave two young girls in the care of a 20 year male? That alone says a lot of about the ignorance of the mother.

nonmember avatar me

They could have just wash them with soap and rubbed little with a towel. It wouldnt remove it, but because it was still so fresh, it would have lightened up the ink a lot. But really? Burning them? They are all idiots

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