A New Jersey woman has been arrested for allegedly putting her fair, red-haired, 6-year-old daughter in a tanning booth. The woman, who likens the tanning salon to the grocery store, says it was all a big misunderstanding.
Patricia Krentcil, 44, says that she did take her young daughter with her to a local tanning salon, but that the child was not exposed to synthetic UV rays.
“I’ve been tanning my whole life, going to the beach, tanning salons and so forth,” she said, adding that she would never tan her fair-skinned daughter Anna.
In New Jersey, it’s illegal for anyone under the age of 14 to use a tanning bed. Krentcil was charged with felony child endangerment and released on a $25,000 bond.
“It’s like taking your daughter to go food shopping,” Krentcil, a mother of five, said. “There’s tons of moms that bring their children in.”
Police, who were alerted by school officials, charge that Krentcil put her daughter in an upright tanning booth.
Anna went to school with what appeared to be a sunburn and told classmates and a school nurse she “went tanning with Mommy.” The girl’s father, Rich Krentcil, said that the teacher misinterpreted his daughter.
“This whole big thing happened, and everyone got involved,” he said. “It was 85 degrees outside, she got sunburned. That’s it. That’s all that happened.”
The leathery mom added, “There’s not room [in the booth]… I would never permit it… It didn’t happen. She’s 6 years old. Yes, she does go tanning with mommy, but not in the booth,” she claimed. The whole thing’s preposterous!”
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