Campbell County Child Tattoo Preliminary Hearing - - ABC13

Campbell County Child Tattoo Preliminary Hearing

Daniel Janney Daniel Janney
Melissa Delp Melissa Delp

Campbell County, VA - Two of the three people charged in connection to the tattooing of two young girls appeared in Campbell County Juvenile and Domestic court for their preliminary hearings Monday morning.

The judge granted a motion both sides supported, to exclude the public and media from the courtroom to protect the identities of the girls and because of the "nature of the case."

Deputies say 20 year old Alexander Edwards, a family friend, gave the girls the tattoos. He has a competency evaluation pending and did not appear in court.

Both 33 year old Daniel Janney and the girl's mother, 36 year old Melissa Delp, did appear.

A search warrant says Daniel Janney, Delp's live-in boyfriend, tried to remove the tattoos with a hot razor blade.

He is being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail without bond. Delp is charged because investigators say she did nothing to stop Janney.

Both Janney and Delp have been charged with two counts malicious wounding and two counts felony child abuse and neglect.

Campbell County Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Cheri Washburn said both girls testified against their mother and her boyfriend by closed-circuit, and these girls are not living with their mother who is out on bond.

The case will go before a grand jury on May 19th. Edwards's preliminary hearing is set for May 12th.

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