NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – A New Jersey 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.
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.