NUTLEY - A Nutley mom is free on $2,500 cash bond after pleading not guilty to accusations that she took her 5-year-old daughter into a tanning booth, where authorities say the girl suffered burns.
Patricia Krentcil maintained her innocence after her court appearance today in Newark, where she was charged with child endangerment.
"I'm a wonderful mother," said Krentcil. "?I would die right now for her."
Krentcil insists her daughter was sunburned from being outside. The owner of City Tropics Tanning, where the alleged incident occurred, admits Krentcil is a regular customer and that her daughter does sometimes come along. He says the little girl has never been in one of his tanning beds, however.
Currently, Krentcil's daughter will remain in her custody, but the Division of Youth and Family Services will keep tabs on the family as part of her bail conditions.
She is due back in court on June 4.
The bizarre story, now receiving national attention, has many believing that Krentcil?s extreme tan was caused by an addiction to visiting the tanning salon.
Dr. Eric Seigel, a dermatologist from Millburn, says that frequent sun bed users run a much greater risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.Nutley mom says child tanning charges are untrue