UTLEY — The New Jersey mother who was charged with taking her 5-year-old daughter into a tanning booth is making the rounds in a series of new television interviews, defending her actions while also calling attention to her own tanning practices.
Patricia Krentcil, 44, told CBS News that she has "been tanning my whole life," and "I love to tan." But when asked if she had her daughter in the booth with her she said, "No, not at all. There's no room (and) I would never permit it."
She also appeared on Good Morning America.
Krentcil was charged April 24 after her daughter showed up at elementary school with burns, Essex County Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman Katherine Carter said. The incident happened a week earlier.
RELATED VIDEO: Krentcil's interview with CBS-TV
According to news reports, police were notified by school administrators of the girl’s injuries and Krentcil was arrested a short time later. Krentcil posted $25,000 bail and was released to Camden County authorities, where she had an outstanding municipal charge, Carter said.
In the TV interviews, Krentcil said her daughter got her sun with the family while they were outside. When asked by an interviewer if the little girl tanned with her mommy — as she reportedly told school officials — Krentcil said, "She's 6 years old! Yeah, she does go tanning with mommy, but not in the booth."
Krentcil's daughter is in the custody of her father at their home, Carter said. The little girl appeared in the TV interviews and there was visual evidence of skin damage.
State law prohibits children under the age of 14 from using tanning salons.