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New Jersey grand jury: No indictment for ‘tanning mom’

NEWARK, N.J. – 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.

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