Another 'tanning mom' has emerged just as her predecessor Patricia Krentcil has been banned from at least 63 salons in the tri-state area.
Krista Mann, a 28-year-old mom, has been arrested after allegedly leaving her two children unattended in a car while she visited a tanning salon in Elizabethtown, Pa.
An officer checking meters in the Elizabethtown area spotted the 6-year-old girl and 10-month-old baby boy sitting in an unattended car. When the officer asked the girl where her mother was, she pointed to the tanning salon across the street, according to Yahoo News. Her mother had warned her not to talk to strangers so she started crying when the officer approached her.
When the officer approached Mann in the tanning salon she admitted that her actions had been stupid, according to the Daily Mail. When he asked for her license, she said she had left it at home, but upon further investigation the officer found out that it was suspended as a result of a prior arrest for drunk driving.
The mother of two now faces charges of child endangerment in two accounts and a charge for driving a car on a suspended license. If found guilty she could face up to 60-days in jail.
The thing that we hope occurs is that we raise public awareness to the fact that we should not be leaving our children unattended in vehicles, particularly with the keys in the ignition, Elizabethtown Police Chief Jack Mentzer told The Huffington Post. Kids are curious by nature. All it would have taken is the 6-year-old moving the gear-selector in the car and goodness knows what would have happened.
One of Mann's neighbors told the local WHTM radio station that she was a good mother but simply under stress. It's a mistake and I know she is devastated, the neighbor said.
The incident happened on the heels of New Jersey 'tanning mom' Patricia Krentcil, who was charged with child endangerment last week for allegedly bringing her six-year-old daughter to tan at a salon.
Since the charges were made, Krentcil has been banned from at least 63 tanning establishments, with her picture placed behind most desks so employees can identify her, Yahoo News reported.