NUTLEY, N.J.- A woman is being charged with criminal endangerment for allegedly bringing her daughter to a tanning bed. The woman is from Nutley, New Jersey, where the legal age to go tanning is 14. But her 6-year-old daughter told her school nurse she went in the tanning bed with her mom, and now her mom is paying the price.
Patricia Krentcil loves to tan and may even be addicted to it.
"I've been tanning my whole life, going to the beach, tanning salons and so forth," 44-year-old Krentcil said.
While this mother of five from, arguably pushes her own skin to the limit, she's adamant she would never tan her 6-year-old, fair-skinned daughter, Anna. But that's exactly why Nutley police arrested and charged Krentcil with child endangerment, for allegedly taking Anna to the tanning salon and into an actual tanning bed, causing a slight burn.
Krentcil says her daughter's burn was not from getting into a tanning bed, but from being outside, playing in the backyard. Still, she says when the school nurse asked her daughter how she got burned, she simply said, "I go tanning with Mommy."
"She's 6-years-old. Yes, she does go tanning with Mommy, but not in the booth," Krentcil explained. "The whole thing's preposterous!"