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‘I’m still going to tan,’ vows mom cleared in endangerment case

‘I’m still going to tan,’ vows mom cleared in endangerment case
Patricia Krentcil, 44, of Nutley, N.J. -- dubbed “Tan Mom” -- will not face charges that she took her 5-year-old daughter tanning.
(Julio Cortez / Associated Press)

A very tan New Jersey mother, who gained Internet notoriety after she was accused of forcing her 5-year-old daughter onto a tanning bed, has been vindicated in court.

Essex County prosecutors said Tuesday that a grand jury has declined to indict Patricia Krentcil on second-degree child endangerment charges.

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“We presented all the available evidence in the case to the grand jury, both the state’s evidence and the defense’s evidence," Assistant Prosecutor Gina Iosim said in a statement. “The grand jurors voted not to indict Mrs. Krentcil. We respect their decision.”

Although Krentcil, 44, was sporting a deeply tan complexion at the time of her indictment, she said all along that her daughter never went in a tanning booth and just got sunburn. Under New Jersey law, children younger than 14 are not allowed in tanning beds.

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“What this world did in the past year made a mockery of me,” a significantly paler Krentcil shouted down to reporters who assembled below her Nutley home on Tuesday night, according to footage from CBS 2 in New York. Her husband also briefly appeared.

She called her case, which went viral on the Internet, “the biggest ridiculous thing in the world.”

At one point, a Connecticut novelty company began selling a “tanorexic action figure” based on Krentcil, who was also mocked in a “Saturday Night Live” sketch (which she admitted was “hysterical”).

Krentcil said she was thinking about moving to London and that she had “a lot of modeling jobs.”

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Defiant, she also said she didn’t plan on giving up tanning.

“Yeah, I like to tan,” she said. “I don’t think that’s a crime, and I’m still going to tan.”

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