After telling a school nurse that she got a sunburn from "going tanning with mommy," the child's mother was arrested. Patricia Krentcil denies her daughter went into a tanning booth.
On April 24, staff at her elementary school noticed that Anna Krentcil was in pain. After the school nurse examined her burns and listened to her explanation of how she received them, school officials contacted police. Det. Anthony Montanaro, of the Nutley Police Department, was quoted in the Star-Ledger as saying, Police were called to an elementary school out of concern when a kindergartener was experiencing pain as a result of a pretty severe sunburn. Allegedly the mother took the child into a standup tanning booth, resulting in the burn.
Krentcil, 44, was arrested a short time later and faces a charge of second-degree child endangerment.
Under New Jersey law, no one under the age of 14 years is allowed into a tanning booth. And teens between 14 and 18 can only use the booths if they have parental consent.
Police will not reveal the name of the tanning salon because the investigation is continuing. But staff say that no one saw a child enter a booth and if they had, they would have stopped it.
Krentcil admits that she took her daughter to the salon but denies allowing the little girl into the tanning booth. She told an interviewer on Channel 2 News, There is no room, A. B, I would never permit it, and C, it never happened.
The mother is also quoted by ABC News as saying, I never once in my life let my daughter, especially at that age, go into a tanning booth.
Krentcil also said Anna's burns were not that serious and that she was treated with "over-the-counter stuff." The mother insists her daughter got sunburned when she was outside playing.
Anna is currently in the custody of her father.