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.
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.
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“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.
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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.