Salon Owner: Young NJ Girl Wasn't in Tanning Booth

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
Patricia Krentcil, 44, of Nutley, entered a plea of not guilty Wednesday in Superior Court to a charge of child endangerment. New Jersey law bars anyone under 14 from using a tanning salon.

Patricia Krentcil, 44, of Nutley, entered a plea of not guilty Wednesday in Superior Court to a charge of child endangerment. New Jersey law bars anyone under 14 from using a tanning salon.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The owner of a northern New Jersey tanning salon denies that a mother caused skin burns to her young child by
putting her in a tanning booth.

Patricia Krentcil faces a second-degree child endangerment charge. Through her attorney, she pleaded not guilty in Newark Municipal Court on Wednesday morning. Krentcil is free on $2,500 cash bond.

The owner of City Tropics Salon in Nutley says employees who were there on the day in question told him the then-5-year-old girl remained outside with her father and brother and didn't go into the tanning booth. She has since turned 6.

It is against New Jersey law for anyone under 14 to use a tanning salon.


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