Wednesday, May 2, 2012

News Of The Day: NJ Mom Accused Of Putting Six-Year-Old In Tanning Bed

Mmmm.. tanned leather. From CBS News.

New Jersey mother accused of putting her 6-year-old girl in tanning bed

May 2, 2012

(CBS/AP) NUTLEY, N.J. - A New Jersey mother is now facing criminal charges for child endangerment after police said she put her 6-year-old daughter in a stand-up tanning booth, causing burns.

On Tuesday, Patricia Krentcil told CBS New York that the whole incident was a big misunderstanding. Krentcil, 44, loves to tan, and has done so her whole life.

"I've been tanning my whole life, going to the beach, tanning salons and so forth," she said.

While the mother of five has that habit, she's adamant she would never tan her 6-year-old, fair-skinned daughter Anna.

"No not at all, not at all, not whatsoever," Krentcil said.

But that's exactly why Nutley Police arrested and charged Krentcil with child endangerment. She allegedly took Anna to a tanning salon and into an actual tanning booth which caused a slight burn.

Krentcil said when the school nurse asked her daughter how she got burned, she simply said, 'I go tanning with mommy.' However, the woman said her daughter's burn was not from getting into a tanning bed but from being outside and playing in the backyard.

"Soft and smooth, like a sow's arse."

"There's not room (in the booth)...I would never permit it...It didn't happen," Krentcil said. "She's 6-years-old. Yes, she does go tanning with mommy but not in the booth," she claimed.

"The whole thing's preposterous!" she said.

New Jersey law prohibits anyone under the age of 14 from using tanning salons.

Krentcil posted $25,000 bond and was released to authorities in Camden County, where she had an outstanding warrant on a municipal charge.


  1. "Soft and smooth, like a sow's arse." Ha! That made me chortle. :-D

    She's quite the crispy critter. It seems like if you actually did touch her skin, it would crackle and fall off of her.

  2. This story disturbs me on many levels, not the least of which is how utterly absurd the mother looks in the second photo. She clearly has some mental health issues. Of course, I think anyone who would pay money to incur skin damage is an idiot to begin with.

    Her daughter, with her beautiful red hair and pale skin, is a target for developing melanoma. Her mother not doing everything she can to protect her daughter from sunburns and tans - let ALONE encouraging it - is despicable and should be prosecuted as child abuse/endangerment.

    -from someone who spends a lot of time outdoors...and is obsessive about hats, long sleeves and SPF 110 sunblock to prevent further skin damage to her nearly 46-y.o. skin...

  3. What blows my mind is the fact that this woman is only 44 years old. She looks much, much, older, thanks to all the baking and frying she's done to her skin. Blech :P

  4. What a freak. On so many levels...



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