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UPDATE: Mom pleads not guilty in tanning booth case

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NEWARK, N.J. (WKOW) -- A New Jersey mom has pleaded not guilty to a child endangerment charge for allegedly taking her 5-year-old daughter into a tanning room with her without the salon's knowledge.

Patricia Krentcil, 44, admits her daughter Anna was at the tanning salon, but not in the room.

The case comes after Anna's school nurse noticed she had a rash and called Child Services after Anna said it came from tanning with her mom. Krentcil says Anna got her sunburn from being outside on a recent warm and sunny day, not from tanning.

It's against New Jersey law for anyone under 14-years-old from using a tanning salon. Anna is still living at home, while her mom fights the charges. 

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NEWARK, N.J. (WKOW) -- A New Jersey mom is facing a child endangerment charge for taking her 5-year-old daughter into a stand-up tanning booth, where authorities say the girl suffered burns.

Patricia Krentcil calls the accusation "a lie."

Krentcil tells The Associated Press her daughter got sunburned by being outside on a recent warm day. She says her daughter, however, had mentioned to school officials when she complained of itching that she had been to a tanning salon with her mother.

New Jersey law prohibits anyone under 14 from using tanning salons.

Krentcil's own skin is deeply bronze-colored from regular salon visits.

Police in Nutley told The Record newspaper they were called to the child's school April 24 because she was in pain from a "pretty severe sunburn."

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