A New Jersey mother has been charged with child endangerment as a result of accusations that she put her 6-year-old daughter in a salon tanning booth.
Patricia Krentcil pled not guilty to the charges, explaining that she merely brought the child along with her to the salon, but never exposed her to UV rays within the booth.
“I tan, she doesn’t tan,” the 44-year-old told reporters. “I’m in the booth, she’s in the room. That’s all there is to it.”
The girl showed up at school with a sunburn, and told friends that she went tanning with her mom. But her mother insists that the entire incident is a misunderstanding.
“Never in my life would I endanger my child by putting her in a tanning booth. I’m not dumb,” she said according to Reuters. She explained that when her daughter made the comments about going tanning, she meant going to the tanning salon, not going inside a tanning bed.
Rich Krentcil, the child’s father, said the girl was sunburned from playing outside on a hot day.
Children under the age of 14 are prohibited from tanning in New Jersey.