A New Jersey mother has been arrested and charged with second-degree child endangerment after her 5-year-old daughter sustained burns from a tanning booth. Patricia Krentcil, mother of 5 year old Anna, doesn’t deny that her child has been to a tanning salon, but she says her burns are from outdoor sun.
It was Anna’s school nurse who noticed she had a red rash type of burn, then the little girl told her it was from going tanning with her mom. The nurse and school notified child services. Krentcil explained that the sun burn was from gardening outside. She also said that she has let her daughter in the room with her at the salon, but she has never actually entered the tanning booth. Krenticl didn’t seem too concerned about the burns either. She described her daughters burns as “not that severe” and she was treating it with over the counter ointment.
“I never once in my life let me daughter, especially at that age, go into a tanning booth,” Krentcil said.
Officials acknowledged the school’s involvement and say they believe that Krentcil took the child into the tanning booth without the salon’s knowledge.
Ultraviolet lights in tanning beds are not only dangerous for children, the UV light can also damage DNA, causing mutations and formations of severe skin cancer cells. The New Jersey law prohibits anyone under the age of 14 from using a tanning booth. Older teens are allowed to tan, but only with parental consent. While Krentcil is out of jail on $25,000 bail, the little girl is currently in the custody of her father.