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.