NJ’s ‘Tanning Mom’ Won’t Face Endangerment Charge

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  • NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey grand jury has refused to indict a woman known widely as the “tanning mom” after being accused of endangering her child by allegedly bringing her into a tanning booth.

    Prosecutors in Newark said Tuesday the decision means 44-year-old Patricia Krentcil of Nutley will no longer face a child endangerment charge.

    Krentcil was arrested last April for allegedly violating a state law banning children under 14 from using tanning salons. Police became involved after school officials noticed burns on Krentcil’s then-5-year-old daughter’s legs.

    Krentcil said her daughter’s burns came from the sun. She said she never would take her daughter into a tanning booth.

    The arrest generated wide publicity partly because of Krentcil’s deep tan and professed love of tanning salons.

    Prosecutors say the case is now over.

    (Photo: AP)

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