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‘Tanorexic’ Jersey Mom Patricia Krentcil Arrested for Letting 5-Year-Old Daughter Use Tanning Bed

Patricia Krentcil
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Knowing what we do about the health risks associated with tanning beds, it might be a good idea to stay away from them. It’s certainly a good idea to keep young children away from the ultraviolet radiation they emit.

But allowing her five-year-old daughter to use a sunning bed is exactly what authorities say Patricia Krentcil did. And now the 44-year-old New Jersey woman is facing charges of second-degree child endangerment.

What happened was that a school nurse notice a rash on little Anna’s skin, which she said she got from going to the tanning salon with her mother. (Who, judging from her mug shot, is quite the tanning bed fan herself.)

Krentcil denies the charges, saying that she took Anna into the room as she tanned, but that the youngster never got into a tanning bed herself. (It is illegal in New Jersey for anybody under 14 to use a tanning facility.) However, the salon in question isn’t in trouble because it is alleged Krentcil snuck her daughter in.

Krentci was freed after posting a $25,000 bond, and Anna is now in the custody of her father. Learn more about this unusual crime below. Also, in light of this arrest, we would advise any parents who want to give their kids a little color to stick to spray tans.

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