Tanning-Addicted Mom Says She Didn't Bring 5-Year-Old In the Booth With Her (VIDEO)

Patricia KrentcilGuilt seems to be all over Patricia Krentcil's face. The insanely tan 44-year-old woman was recently arrested for allegedly taking her 5-year-old daughter, Anna, into a tanning booth in New Jersey. The girl was seen at school with a sunburn, and classmates say she told them she "went tanning with Mommy." Teachers called authorities, and Krentzil was arrested on second-degree child endangerment charges.

According to NBC, Krentcil denies it, and she says that while she does take the girl (who has turned 6 since the incident) to the tanning salon with her, she doesn't let her get her own tan on. She just plays in the room while mommy bakes herself silly. The girl's burns supposedly were just a plain old sunburn, from the sun, and the whole thing was a misunderstanding.

I'm sorry but ... yeah right.

I don't want to believe that anyone would be insane/irresponsible enough to let a little girl tan. I would love to give her the benefit of the doubt; and let's face it, if she was "normal," we'd probably be outraged that the school and police were overreacting to a sunburn. However, the fact is she doesn't appear normal at all.

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Based on the picture (and that's not just a particularly bad one above; check out the video below), she has a serious problem. I've never seen a person that unnaturally tan, and I live in Florida and have seen plenty of tan folks. This isn't your normal tan, so I don't think it's that big of a jump to think that someone who thinks that's okay would let her daughter to try it once. Of course, she's innocent until proven guilty, but there's not much she could do to look any more guilty. 

Even if the girl did not in fact get into the booth, taking her to the salon to witness her mother's actions seems problematic. With all of the known dangers of tanning booths, it seems irresponsible at the least, and like a pretty clear sign she needs help of some kind.

Krentcil plead not guilty in court today, He trial is scheduled for June 4. If convicted, she could face up to 10 years in prison and a $150,000 fine. It will be interesting to see if the judge can see past her tan, or if that will color the decision at all. 

Here she is telling her side of the story. See what you think.

Do you think this mom is telling the truth or not?


Image via YouTube


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tinyp... tinypossum

I didn't know it was possible to get that tan. She looks 74 not 44. 

onefo... onefootcutiepie

Usually tanning salons have attendants that would not let a little girl in the room with a tanning bed. Why are they not looking into what salon might have let the little girl do that?

Sierr... SierraLynn

Her face looks like beef jerky. And I do.jot think is telling the truth. The whole time during her interview her body language and over exaggerated movement says she is lying.

nonmember avatar Gretta

This woman needs help. She may love her daughter and her daughter may love her but she needs help to be able to care for her properly. I'm sorry but there are huge red flags here that cannot and should not be ignored.


For one of the first times in my life, I'm at a loss for words. Seriously.

nonmember avatar blh

Omg she's repulsive. I like a good tan as well as the next person but how doesn't she realize how bad she looks??

Kelly Woolsey

And this kids is why tanning is not good for you.  You are 44 and yet look like you're 70.  I'll take my pale skin over looking like i escaped from Willy Wonka's Chocolate Facotry and the fact that when I'm 40, my skin will still look great (I put sunscreen on every day all over myself).  This is just wrong and a very distorted image of one's body, how does her husband stand this?  I also feel terribel for her daughter.  Even if she wasn't being tanned, just the exposure to the idea that you aren't beautiful as you are that you must alter your skin color to an unnatural state, is detrimental to her.  Is she going to be given a gift certifcate to tanning salons for her birthday or for a future boob job like that creepy "Human Barbie" woman?  Whatever happened to loving yourself for how you are born?

Whipp... WhipperWhirl

Why not just give the kid a pack of cigarettes too.

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