New Jersey Mom Patricia Krentcil Accused of Putting 6-Year-Old Daughter in Tanning Bed
A New Jersey mother and self-confessed “tanning addict” appeared in court to face charges that she placed her six-year-old daughter in a tanning bed, an accusation she denies.
CBS New York reports that 44-year-old Patricia Krentcil of Nutley is charged with child endangerment due to an incident in which her daughter Anna showed up at school with a sunburn.
When school officials inquired how she got it, the little girl replied, “I go tanning with mommy.”
Police were then called and Krentcil was arrested.
Krentcil denies the allegations, claiming she “would never permit” her daughter to enter a tanning bed.
“Look at my daughter’s picture, she’s as pale as a ghost, she has red hair,” she said. ”I’m a great mother, I’m a wonderful mother. I would die right now for her.”
Krentcil, who initially said her daughter got sunburn from playing outside, has admitted to bringing her to the tanning salon. But she says she’d never allow her to actually climb into a tanning bed.
“It didn’t happen,” she said. “She’s 6-years-old. Yes, she does go tanning with mommy, but not in the booth.”
“My client is 150 percent innocent,” Krentcil’s attorney, John D. Caruso, told CBS New York. “That child was never in that tanning booth.”
When asked if she is worried about losing custody of Anna, Krentcil replied, “She’s home. They’re not taking her away.”
Children under 14 are barred by New Jersey law from visiting tanning salons. Such establishments are very popular in the Garden State, especially since M-TV’s smash hit show “Jersey Shore” began running in 2009.
The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced that year that UV tanning beds were in its highest cancer risk category, one shared with cigarettes– “carcinogenic to humans.”
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