Posted May 02, 2012 02:18 pm CDT
A New Jersey mom has been charged with second-degree child endangerment after school officials called police about her young daughter’s severe sunburn.
Patricia Krentcil was charged late last month, according to the Nutley Sun. Police allege the girl, identified in some reports as 5 and in others as 6, acquired the burn at a tanning salon.
Krentcil admits she took her daughter to the salon, but says she didn’t take her into the tanning booth, report ABC and CBS. Instead, Krentcil says, the girl was sunburned from being outside. “I never once in my life let my daughter, especially at that age, go into a tanning booth,” Krentcil told ABC.
Krentcil told CBS she loves to tan; she appeared to be extremely tan in the interview. The New Jersey Star Ledger notes her changed appearance.
New Jersey law bars children under the age of 14 from using tanning booths.
See related CBS News interview: