Patricia Krentcil, the New Jersey woman who became the butt of jokes around the country as the “tanning mom” vowed on Tuesday to start a new life in London after a grand jury declined to indict her on charges of child engangerment.
“I have a lot of modeling jobs, and I’m just done with this stupid place,” Krentcil told reporters gathered outside her home on Tuesday night, WCBS-TV reported.
“We presented all the available evidence in the case to the grand jury, both the state’s evidence and the defense’s evidence. The grand jurors voted not to indict Mrs. Krentcil,” Assistant Prosecutor Gina Iosim said. “We respect their decision.”
The 44-year-old woman was suspected of putting her 6-year-old daughter, Anna, inside a tanning bed after a school nurse noticed a burn on her legs in April 2012. The nurse allegedly told authorities that when asked about the burn, Anna said, “I go tanning with mommy.” State law forbids children under 14 from using tanning salons.
The New York Daily News reported on Tuesday that Krentcil denied the charges, saying the child was sunburned.
While Krentcil was using tanning beds around 20 times a month at the time of the accusations — which got her banned from many local salons — she looked much lighter during her brief public statement. She told the newspaper she has not tanned in close to a year, and that she planned to redarken her skin by natural means.
“I want to go to the Bahamas — natural sun,” she said. “Then I’ll come back black.”
Watch WCBS’ report on Krentcil’s legal victory, aired Tuesday, below.