• Wed, May 2 2012

Mom Taking 5-Year-Old Tanning Is Disturbing, But Her Tanned Face Is Even More Disturbing

OK, this is clearly disturbing. A New Jersey mom has been accused of taking her 5-year-old daughter into a tanning booth and burning the girl’s skin–something she denies. But just one look at this woman makes it hard to believe she could be innocent.

New Jersey law prohibits anyone under 14 from using tanning salons, nevertheless, Patricia Krentcil was arrested and charged with child endangerment after her daughter was spotted with a sunburn and told classmates she “went tanning with Mommy.”

But the 44-year-old mom denies that, of course and told NBC 4 New York that she didn’t do anything wrong:

It’s like taking your daughter to go food shopping. There’s tons of moms that bring their children in. I tan, she doesn’t tan. I’m in the booth, she’s in the room. That’s all there is to it.

That may be all there is to that story, but the story that may be even more disturbing is this woman’s face. Um, can you say, skin cancer? And how about setting a good and healthy example for your child? Past research has linked indoor tanning with melanoma, skin damage and premature aging.

Never in my life would I endanger my child by putting her in a tanning booth. I’m not dumb.

Oh, OK.

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UPDATE: Doctors discuss whether frequent tanning indicates mental health issues; Snooki calls tan mom “crazy bitch.”

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  • Rose

    Children do NOT belong in tanning beds. The salon should not have even allowed the child to be in the room where she was tanning. If they did, they violated health codes and should be shut down. The child’s retinas could have been permanently damaged by the UV lights of the tanning bed if she was not wearing protective eyewear! Prosecuting this woman is not going to work. One look at her and you can see she is addicted to tanning. This woman needs psychological help. I applaud authorities for removing her child from her care, I hope that it becomes a permanent situation.

    • cristalle

      that was an absurd remark. First, she did NOT take the kid in with her and the salon said the kid was in the anteroom. Second, simply because mom is a tanning nutjob is NO REASON to remove the child from her care. Based on WHAT, exactly? You have no LOGICAL basis for your ignorant and vapid remark. Let’s remove kids from parents who jetski, drink, smoke, skydive or bungee jump or engage in ANY activities which YOU might deem unwise.

  • Ana

    I’m speachles! She definetely need help instead 1 minute on news.

  • G.

    Her tan doesn’t even look real. I think she enhanced the color by adding a spray tan as well.

  • Laura

    her tanned face may be disturbing, but tanning seems to be her thing. we don’t remove children from anorexics (even though for sure some of the attitude towards food must rub off, no matter how careful the parent is) and the same here. i’m under the impression that she knows tanning isn’t good for her or her daughter, but she can’t help herself what whatever reason

  • Mike Concho

    Dumb as f**k. Reconsider your life and try not to kill any more skin and brain cells while you’re at it.

  • indie

    Bull ‘sh*t that was an absurd remark. First, she did NOT take the kid in with her and the salon said the kid was in the anteroom. Second, simply because mom is a tanning nutjob is NO REASON to remove the child from her care.

  • Christy smith

    Everyone here is right, there are no wrong opinions, however, Children learn from example, and I would think she would want to show her children differently. Everything in moderation!! The only thing that concerns me is if she gets cancer those children won’t have a mother and once a mother you should do everything you can to stay as healthy as you can, and not add on to possibly cutting your lifespan down, and who is going to have to watch her suffer through cancer only because she wanted a tan, Hind sight is 20/20.