[UPDATED] Nutley 'Tan Mom' Plans Move to London

Essex County grand jury Tuesday declined to indict Patricia Krentcil on child endangerment charges for allegedly allowing 5-year-old daughter to enter tanning booth.

Now that an Essex County grand jury decided not to indict Patricia Krentcil, better known as "Tanning Mom" on child endangerment charges for allegedly allowing her 5-year-old daughter to enter a tanning booth, what’s next for the Nutley resident?

Krentcil told NBCnewyork.com Tuesday she plans on moving to London to pursue “several modeling jobs” before returning to her Nutley home.

Last fall, Krentcil told the panel of the CBS show “The Couch” she would give up tanning, but has since decided to go back on that promise and begin tanning again.

The case started in April 17, 2012 when school officials noticed burns on the young girl’s leg and reported the injuries to authorities. Following an investigation, Krentcil was arrested on April 24, 2012. Under New Jersey law, children under 14-years-old are banned from using tanning salons. 

The relatively outlandish nature of the charges drew national media attention and turned Krentcil into a tabloid sensation and a celebrity of sorts; her appearance at a New York nightclub last summer drew attention and derision from gossip news outlets like Gawker. But despite the outcry and mockery that ensued across America from the incident, the jury hearing the case voted to not indict Krentcil.

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

If she had been convicted, she could have been jailed for up to a maximum of five years.

Patch previously reported that Nutley Police Chief John Holland said Nutley Police arrested Krentcil for endangering the welfare of her five-year-old daughter at 10:45 a.m. on April 23. Her daughter was believed to have been burned at a tanning booth at an unspecified Nutley location, according to Holland.

Both Krentcil and her attorney John V. Caruso have denied the accusations in published reports.

The owners of the City Tropics Tanning Salon on Centre Street in Nutley have said the child never used a tanning bed, according to published reports.

Holland said that children under 14 are not allowed to tan at indoor salons, while those 14 to 17 years old may do so with signed parental consent in New Jersey.

Krentcil has been free on $25,000 bail throughout the process. She was required to post 10 percent of the bond. The daughter has remained in the custody of her parents as the case was seen by the grand jury.

Annette Samuelson February 27, 2013 at 07:54 PM
I agree that she shouldn't have gone to jail, and that she never exposed her child to the tanning, but there is something wrong in her thinking and expressions. But, it's her life and she's an adult so it's not our problem.
Jennifer Wright February 27, 2013 at 11:07 PM
g.t. February 28, 2013 at 12:02 AM
Good riddance to bad rubbish. What is she gonna model skin disease cream? Too bad she plans on coming back.
jfc March 02, 2013 at 04:00 PM
As nutty as she is, she didn't put her child in danger or do anything wrong. Here is another example of social media and the press going wild instead of getting to the root of the story. No one has privacy anymore, everyone wants their 15 minutes of fame, and in all honesty, people should just mind their friggin' business. Worry about yourself, your own children, your own family.
Revolution March 15, 2013 at 02:49 PM
she should be in jail this grand jury was wrong


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