Va. mom pleads guilty to child abuse for trying to remove kids' tattoos with razor blade

Tattoo being applied at unnamed location. AP file photo

RUSTBURG, Va. (AP) - A Campbell County woman has been sentenced on charges of trying to remove tattoos from her two daughters with a razor blade.

Media outlets say 35-year-old Melissa Delp pleaded guilty Monday in Campbell County Circuit Court to felony child abuse. She was sentenced to eight years in prison, with all but 18 months suspended.

Police say Alexander Edwards tattooed the girls while babysitting them at Delp's Concord residence on Dec. 22, 2013. Both girls were under 13.

Delp and her boyfriend, Daniel Janney, were accused of trying to remove the tattoos with a heated razor blade.

Media outlets say the older girl told investigators Edwards used a tattoo gun to tattoo her name on her left shoulder.

Edwards and Daniel are awaiting trial on child abuse and malicious wounding charges.