Mom Arrested for Burning 5-year-old in Tanning Bed

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Patricia Krentcil (Credit: CBS)
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Patricia Krentcil (Credit: CBS)

A New Jersey woman was arrested for allegedly bringing her 5-year-old daughter to a tanning salon, where she reportedly suffered burns.

Patricia Krentcil, 44, of Nutley, was arrested on April 24 on a child endangerment charge and was later released after she posted bail.

“The little girl went to school and reported she had these burns and that caused the school to contact authorities,” Katherine Carter, spokeswoman for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, told ABCNews.com.

Krentcil’s daughter is currently in the custody of her father, NJ.com reports.

Her daughter reportedly told school staffers that she receive the burns after going tanning with her mother, but Krentcil is defending herself by stating her daughter Anna got burnt from playing outside.

And the accused mother isn’t afraid to let her love for tanning to be known.

She told CBS in an interview, “I’ve been tanning my whole life: going to the beach, tanning salons, so forth.” But when asked if she thinks so tans too much, she said doesn’t think so.

When CBS asked Krentcil if she did in fact tanned her fair-skinned daughter, the excessively tanned mother replied, “No, not at all. Not whatsoever.”

She explains that putting her daughter in a tanning bed with her would never happen for three reasons, “There’s no room, A. B- I would never permit it. C- it didn’t happen.”

But her daughter reportedly told the school nurse she goes tanning with her mother.

When confronted with what her daughter told school personnel, Krentcil responded, “She’s six-years-old. Yeah, she does go tanning with Mommy just not in the booth.”

What do you think about the New Jersey mother allegedly taking her daughter tanning with her: guilty or innocent?