This woman is in trouble with the law in New Jersey.
If you ask me, that's the least of her troubles. That's the one thing I know.
What I don't know about this case is legion.
I don't know whether she feloniously dragged her daughter into a tanning booth with her, giving the kid a bad sunburn. I don't know what evidence the cops have apart from the iffy ramblings of a 5-year-old to a schoolteacher.
Just don't know. The courts will have to sort it out.
Anyway, here's the story from The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J.:
A Nutley woman pleaded not guilty in Superior Court in Newark this morning to child endangerment charges after authorities said she allowed her then-5-year-old daughter to burn in a tanning salon last month.YA THINK? As I said before, I don't know whether the woman is guilty of anything or not. Neither do I know how she hasn't come down with melanoma. But I'll tell you what I do know.
Patricia Krentcil, 44, who was charged April 24 after the girl showed up at her elementary school with burns, said her child instead tanned from a long day in the sun a few days before.
Following the brief court hearing, Krentcil’s lawyer, John Caruso, called his client a caring mother who would not risk endangering her child, who is now 6.
“Patricia is 150 percent innocent,” Caruso said. “That child was never in that tanning booth. She loves that child and she would never, ever allow her child to go inside a tanning booth.”
Krentcil, who is free after posting a $2,500 cash bond, is next scheduled to appear in court on June 4.
Although the state’s Division of Youth and Family Services is looking into the charges, the child is still living with her mother and father, Caruso said.
“She’s still a mom," Caruso said. "The child is still living a normal life with her mother."
Although he did not answer questions from the media, Krentcil, who is heavily tanned, did. One such question from a reporter asked if she tanned excessively, elicited a simple answer.
“Yes,” she said.
That ain't a tan. That's getting way too close to a nuclear explosion.