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WTF: When Tanning Goes Terribly Wrong

1:11 pm - 05/02/2012

Recently, a New Jersey mom was arrested for allegedly allowing her six-year-old daughter to catch some rays in the tanning booth after her daughter told the school nurse that her sunburn came from “tanning with mommy.” Although the mom said her daughter’s sunburn happened the old-fashioned way—playing outside—authorities weren’t buying it. They charged Patricia Krentcil with Second Degree Child Endangerment, and she’s now fighting to clear her name.

Despite Krentcil’s claims that she didn’t allow her daughter to hop in the tanning bed, a crime for anyone under the age of 14 in New Jersey, there is one thing that has to be working against her case: Her face.

(link to vid, as lj doesn't seem to like the embedding script)

Judging by her appearance on camera, Krentcil has spent many a day in the booth, so much so that I thought she was in blackface when I first glanced at the accompanying picture.

While child endangerment is a serious charge, I couldn’t stop myself from laughing hysterically as Krentcil explained the situation to her local news affiliate. I give them props, though. Throughout the entire news report no one mentioned her noticeably leathery skin or the fact that she looks utter ridiculous with her burnt sienna skin and too-blonde hair.

Although I can’t really comment on whether or not she endangered her child, judging by Krentcil’s skin she looks like she’s done enough damage to herself to last a lifetime.

mercaque 2nd-May-2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
In this article it says the mom tried to claim the "it was a warm day" thing, but the daughter specifically mentioned a tanning salon.

[Krentcil] told The Associated Press her daughter got sunburned by being outside on a recent warm day. She said her daughter, however, had mentioned to school officials when she complained of itching that she had been to a tanning salon with her mother.

Krentcil had told various TV stations her daughter was in the room at the salon but not in the stand-up tanning booth.


Police in Nutley told The Nutley Sun newspaper they were called to the child's school April 24 because the kindergartner was in pain from a "pretty severe sunburn."

I agree with you that the "point and laugh" response is gross given that we don't know what underlying issues this woman may have, but to me it sounds like the authorities are acting on fairly reasonable suspicions. Also, the daughter has not been taken away. They are being monitored by child protective services.
maladaptive 2nd-May-2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
Huh, I stand corrected then.
mercaque 2nd-May-2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
No worries, OP wasn't the most informative article. I had to go Googling.
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