New Jersey woman denies putting daughter in tanning booth

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

NEWARK, N.J. -- A New Jersey woman has denied putting her young daughter in harm’s way by placing her in a tanning booth. Patricia Krentcil pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning in Newark Municipal Court to a second-degree child endangerment charge.

Krentcil is accused of causing burns to her six-year-old daughter by allowing her to go into a tanning booth. Krentcil said that her daughter’s sunburn was caused by playing outside, but the daughter told her school’s nurse that she went tanning with her mother.

“She’s six-years-old. Yes, she does go tanning with mommy, but not in the booth,” Krentcil explained. “The whole thing’s preposterous.”

The owner of the tanning salon that Krentcil and her daughter visited said that employees told him that the daughter waited outside with her father and brother while Krentcil was in the tanning booth.

It’s against New Jersey law for anyone under the age of 14 to use a tanning salon. Krentcil is currently free on $2,500 cash bond.