New Jersey ‘Tanning Mom’ Patricia Krentcil will not be indicted for child endangerment

By Daniel S Levine,

Patricia Krentcil, the New Jersey woman who gained notoriety for letting her 5-year-old daughter use a tanning bed, will not face prosecution. A grand jury has decided not to indict her on child endangerment charges, even though state law prohibits anyone under 14 from using a tanning bed.

“The decision to no bill the case became official today,” Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray said in a statement Tuesday, reports CNN. “That ends the Essex County Prosecutor's Office involvement with this matter.”

As The Associated Press notes, Krentcil was arrested after her daughter’s burns were noticed at school in April 2012. She denied that she let her daughter use a tanning bed, claiming that she had just spent too much time out in the sun.

Still, she gained instant fame online thanks to her own extremely tanned complexion and love of tanning salons. Krentcil was even mocked on Saturday Night Live. She found Kristen Wiig’s performance “hilarious.”

Krentcil’s attorney hasn’t commented on the news, but state prosecutors say that the case is over.

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