Woman Charged After Bringing Daughter, 5, To Tanning Salon


44-year-old Patricia Krentcil of New Jersey claims it’s all a big misunderstanding. When her 5 year old daughter, Anna, showed up at school with a rash on her face, the school nurse asked her what happened. The girl told her it was a sunburn from when she went to a tanning salon with her mother.

A tanning salon with her mother. She’s 5.  Tanning beds are illegal in New Jersey for anyone under 14. Teenagers from 14-18 need their parents’ permission to use the beds.

The school nurse took no chances. She notified child services, who called the police. Patricia was arrested and charged with child endangerment, and was released on $25,000 bail.

Krentcil says the child wasn’t in the tanning bed at all and that she would never allow her child in the bed with her; the child simply waited at the salon while Krentcil used the bed. Anna’s sunburn was incidental, she said, from an afternoon outside in the garden. It’s all a big mistake, and she hopes to explain that to a judge at a court appearance today.

Either way, Krentcil isn’t going to win parent of the year. Putting her child in a tanning bed is truly abhorrent, given the increased risk for skin cancer if you get a sunburn at a young age, but leaving her child outside without proper sun protection isn’t exactly a great call either. We’ve all slipped up as parents, of course, but Krentcil herself is setting a wretched example for her daughter by abusing her skin this way – especially if her child accompanies her to the salon.  Video of Krentcil shows her with extremely tanned, very dark skin — a sign of skin damage at the least, and a dangerous and life-threatening addiction to tanning at its worst.

With melanoma rates spiking in North America, largely due to the proliferation of tanning beds, their acceptability to the public at large becomes more baffling every single day. People believe that tanning gives them a “healthy” glow, when in fact it’s exactly the opposite: a suntan is a sign of damaged skin, skin at risk of premature aging, wrinkles and cancer.  The popularity of overly-tanned personalities such as Snooki and the gang from Jersey Shore doesn’t help matters when trying to send a healthy message to youth.

Krentcil is scheduled to appear in court later today.


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Photo: Police Handout


Natalie Rusu
Natalie Rusu5 years ago

Personally, I am against tanning salons, beds, etc Going to beach is another story, though people should be careful about it, as well.
I 've watched the video, yes this lady lost the measure...but the kid seems to look just fine.
Has anyone considered that her daughter is just 5 years old, and one cannot trust her judgement? Maybe she told the teacher she got the burn from salon just for fun, or because she thought it sounds cool, or maybe just because she did not know where she had it from...or...or...

Jane R.
Jane R5 years ago

The poll asks "should tanning be illegal for everyone". Shouldn't it have said should "tanning beds and tanning salons" be illegal for everyone. If tanning were illegal we'd all have to stay out of the sun, couldn't go to the beach or have outdoor jobs.
Since tanning salons are legal, this woman has a right to use them. She just needs to live her kid with someone when she goes.

Veronica C.
Veronica C5 years ago

She seriously needs help. She's not in her right mind.

Sheri P.
Sheri P5 years ago

either way she was irresponsible as a parent...

Mark Donners
Mark Donner5 years ago

It's none of the state's business, last time I checked, this society isn't supposed to be exactly the same as Communist China. She did anything to endanger the kid, and the kid would tell you the same. How she looks is her crime? Americans and the government and justice crooks need to get lives. And no a kid getting a sunburn in the garden is not a crime, children should be able to play and get dirty in the garden and have lives.. What about spending your time stopping those government and corporate crooks who preach to you from their dirty pulpits from putting millions of kids on brain toxins, like Ritalin, Zoloft, or Prozac which destroy their lives for good?

KS Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal5 years ago

Tanning salons may not be the healthiest for skin, but it is our choice if we are adults. Bringing a child to the area is another matter!

Gloria H.
Gloria H5 years ago

I saw her video...she made Al Jolson look like pale. Can you get vitamin D poisoning (let alone cancer) from too much tanning? She sounds like she is half baked. Is she ashamed to be caucasian?

Mary Beth M.
MaryBeth M5 years ago

So many judges, so few facts.

Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

Mother looks like a commercial for Hick's or Rust.