How would you react if you came home and your babysitter, a friend of yours, no less, had tattooed your children? Pretty upset, at the very least, right?! Well, what would you do next? Probably call the cops or something along those lines. Well, two parents found themselves in just that situation, except, they handled it quite differently...
When Melissa Delp, 35, and her boyfriend, 32, returned to their Virginia home where a friend of theirs, Alexander Edwards, 20, had been babysitting, they found that he had tattooed their young children (both under 13 years old) without consent.
Instead of trying to report Edwards to the police or rush them to the doctor, the couple proceeded to try and cover up the incident by using a hot razor blade to remove the ink!
The parents and the babysitter are being charged with malicious wounding and felony child abuse.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel here, though. While the method Delp and her boyfriend were using to remove the tattoos in no way makes sense to us, just a few states over, in Pennsylvania, Michael Mucklow, co-owner and operator of GO! Tattoo Removal has offered to remove the children's tattoos for free. "It breaks my heart to know they have gone through something like that," he told TheRoanoke Times. "I can’t imagine what it’s like."
It's the kindness of random strangers that make a sad story like this tolerable to read!