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‘Tanning Mom’ Won’t Face Endangerment Charge

A grand jury has refused to indict a woman known widely as the “tanning mom” after being accused of endangering her child by allegedly bringing her into a tanning booth.

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Patricia Krentcil caught by a TMZ crew
Patricia Krentcil caught by a TMZ crew (TMZ)

Prosecutors in Newark said Tuesday the decision means 44-year-old Patricia Krentcil of Nutley will no longer face a child endangerment charge.

Krentcil was arrested last April for allegedly violating a state law banning children under 14 from using tanning salons. Police became involved after school officials noticed burns on Krentcil’s then-5-year-old daughter’s legs.

Krentcil said her daughter’s burns came from the sun. She said she never would take her daughter into a tanning booth.

The arrest generated wide publicity partly because of Krentcil’s deep tan and professed love of tanning salons.

Prosecutors say the case is now over.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

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