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'Tan Mom' could face 10 years in prison

  • Police say mom put five-year-old daughter in a tanning bed
  • Woman faces child endangerment charge
  • If convicted she could face 10 years in prison
'Tan Mom' could face 10 years in prison

Bronzed mom: I didn't put child in tanning bed

Bronzed mom: I didn't put child in tanning bed

Patricia Krentcil, now known as 'Tan Mom,' could face up to 10 years in prison if she’s convicted of child endangerment for allegedly taking her five-year-old daughter into a tanning booth last month.

The Essex County New Jersey Prosecutor's Office complaint warrant states that Krentcil took her daughter “in a stand up tanning booth causing first-degree burns on her body.” The warrant also says Krentcil was granted release on $25,000 bail.

READ MORE: The complaint warrant filed against ‘Tan Mom’

Krentcil, 44, denies that she brought the girl into the tanning bed, and says she had burns from being out in the sun.

Her attorney John Caruso issued a written statement to In Session Thursday urging the public to not rush to judgment.

READ MORE: Op-ed: Don't make fun of 'Tan Mom'

“The fact that she tans does not mean she could ever imagine bringing her child into a tanning booth or bed. Patricia would not and did not do this. All of us as children have heard the old adage, 'Never judge a book by its cover,'" Caruso says.

READ MORE: Krentcil’s attorney defends his client

The Prosecutor’s Office is not commenting on the case, but a spokesperson says the “the investigation in active and ongoing.”

The court has not set a date for Krentcil’s trial.



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