New Jersey tanning ‘addict’ accused of putting 6-year-old in tanning bed

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 11:58 EDT
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New Jersey resident Patricia Krentcil, 44, claims that she never let her daughter use a tanning bed. Photo: Screenshot via CBS New York.
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An absurdly tanned New Jersey woman appeared in court on Wednesday to defend herself against a charge of child endangerment, filed after school officials noticed her 6-year-old daughter had come to school with burns on her skin.

Asked by officials where she got the burns, the girl reportedly said, “I go tanning with mommy.”

Patricia Krentcil, 44, denies the claim, but admits that she brings her daughter to the tanning salon. She told a reporter with CBS New York that while she may be “addicted” to tanning, her daughter instead got a sunburn while playing outside.

The state of New Jersey, where tanning is immensely popular due to the highly-rated show Jersey Shore, bans anyone under 14-years-old from using tanning beds.

The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer found in 2009 that people who use tanning beds before age 30 increase their chance of developing the deadly skin cancer melanoma by 75 percent.

This video is from CBS News, published Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

Photo: Screenshot via CBS New York.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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