Nutley mom says child tanning charges are untrue

NUTLEY - A Nutley woman facing child endangerment charges for allegedly bringing her 5-year-old into a tanning booth says the accusations are not true.

Authorities say Lincoln Elementary School teachers discovered skin burns on Patricia Krentcil's daughter and reported them. Both of the child's parents insist that any burns she had were from the sun, not from a tanning booth.

"Nothing is wrong with her and this whole thing has been blown out of proportion," says Krentcil. She says she goes tanning herself, but would never bring her daughter into the booth with her.

Krentcil wouldn't comment on the school's actions. Workers at the salon say they don't know her and don't allow children. State law prohibits anyone under the age of 14 from using a tanning booth.

Krentcil says she's slated to appear in court Wednesday.

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