We’ve heard of mothers doing anything for their children—but indoor tanning was not on our list! MSNBC reports that New Jersey mom Patricia Krentcil, 44, has been charged with second-degree child endangerment, for allegedly taking her 5-year-old daughter, Anna, into a tanning booth.
Little Anna Krentcil was overheard boasting to her classmates that she “went tanning with mommy,” and after noticing the 5-year-old’s sunburned skin, a teacher called police, suggests her father. New Jersey law prohibits children under 14 to tan at indoor salons, while children 14 to 17 may tan with a parent’s consent.
Mother Patricia Krentcil claims it was all a misunderstanding and that her child merely sat next to the tanning bed while she tanned.
"It's like taking your daughter to go food shopping," she told NBC 4 New York after being released on $25,000 bail. "There's tons of moms that bring their children in." Krentcil claims her fair-skinned daughter’s sunburn came from playing outside on a sunny day, not from the tanning bed.
How young is too young to start tanning? Would you choose self-tanner or bronzers over tanning beds to set an example for your children?