Published on May 3, 2012
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Mom charged for taking daughter to a tanning bed parlor parlour
New Jersey mother Patricia Crenzel is due to appear in court after her five-year-old said she went tanning with her mother, but Crebzel denies the charges, saying her daughter never entered the tanning bed. Today's Natalie Morales reports.
New Jersey Mom Arrested After Taking 5-Year-Old to Tanning Salon
A New Jersey mother was arrested after her 5-year-old daughter sustained burns from time she spent in a tanning booth.
Patricia Krentcil, 44, is out on bail following her arrest on a second degree child endangerment charge.
"The little girl went to school and reported she had these burns and that caused the school to contact authorities," Katherine Carter, spokesperson for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, told ABCNews.com.
Carter declined to name the Nutley, N.J. tanning salon, citing the "ongoing investigation."
Krentcil's daughter is in the custody of her father, Carter said.
New Jersey law prohibits anyone under the age of 14 from using a tanning booth. Older teens are allowed to tan but only with parental consent.Police: Mom Let Young Daughter Use Tanning Bed.Daughter, 5, Burned in Tanning Bed, Avid Tanner Mom Arrested,Sun burn,? New Jersey Mom Arrested for Allegedly Taking Daughter, 5, into Tanning Booth.Mom Busted For Taking 6 Year Old Daughter Tanning.Tanning mom,Tanning booth mom calls arrest for taking daughter, 5, a misunderstanding; 'It was a sunburn,' dad says,Patricia Krentcil, 44, told NBC's local New York affiliate that she took her daughter with her to a local tanning salon but that the child was not exposed to the booth's synthetic UV rays.
"I tan, she doesn't tan," Krentcil said. "I'm in the booth, she's in the room. That's all there is to it."
Krentcil, of Nutley, N.J., was arrested last week, and charged Tuesday with felony child endangerment. She was released on a $25,000 bond and is due in court Wednesday.
"It's like taking your daughter to go food shopping," Krentcil said. "There's tons of moms that bring their children in."
Police, though, say Krentcil put her daughter in an upright tanning booth.
New Jersey state law prohibits children under the age of 14 from tanning booths. Children between the ages of 14 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult.
Police were alerted by school officials, who say Krentcil's daughter showed up for school with what appeared to be a sunburn, then told classmates she "went tanning with Mommy."Leather mom charged for taking daughter tanning bed salon
Rich Krentcil, the girl's father, told NBC 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."Sterilize Patricia Krentcil The 'Tanning Mom'?