Patricia Krentcil, known as tanning mom will be facing up to 10 years in prison if she is convicted of second-degree child endangerment of allowing her 5-year old daughter into a tanning booth.
Child services got involved with the case after a school nurse noticed first-degree sunburns on Anna on April 24 and the little girl said it was from going tanning with her mother.
Tanning mom, Patricia Krentcil says that her daughter’s burn was from the sun from a day they spent gardening and not from a tanning bed.
“It’s very wrong to presume something that didn’t happen, because it didn’t happen,” Krentcil said.
Patricia Krentcil attorney, John Caruso says the tanning mom wants people to stop judging her by the way she looks, and says that she is a loving mother that would never hurt her kids.
Currently out on $25,000 bail, Tanning mom explained, “I never once in my life let me daughter, especially at that age, go into a tanning booth. I’m very tan and I’ve been tanning my whole life.”
Her husband, Richard Krentcil says that Anna never entered a tanning bed. “They wrote the story saying Patricia took her into the tanning booth and that they were tanning together. Totally false.”
The owner of City Tropics tanning salon in Nutley, New Jersey, identified as Anthony, said Patricia Krentcil pays a flat fee of $99 per month for unlimited tanning sessions. He also said that she tans about 20 times per month, roughly five days per week. Adding that she does the maximum time of 12 minutes in a standup tanning booth.
The salon owner Anthony made it clear, “The girl had sunburn on her arms from April 17; it was 90 degrees out. She’s a 5-year-old kid, she’d burn to death if she went into one of those booths. I have seven kids of my own. I wouldn’t let a girl in there.”
Nonetheless, the salon owner now has banned the tanning mom for life from his salon yesterday, after all the exposure. “I don’t want her here anymore and deal with this nonsense,” he said.
He also told the New York Post that images of Krentcil appearing on television with a gruesome tan were probably due to spray tan — not from his tanning beds. “The way she looks now, it’s not from here, she added some kind of spray to her face,” he said.
It’s illegal in New Jersey for children under 14 to tan at salons.