Patricia Krenctil, more popularly known as the Tanning Mom, appeared on MSNBC's the Today Show on Monday to set the record straight about her life and the allegations she faces, charged with second-degree child endangerment after her six-year-old daughter Anna went to school with a bad sunburn.
The interview, taped in her home in Nutley, N.J., gives a glimpse into the life of Krentcil, who describes herself as a busy housewife and mother-of-five.
I'm up at three in the morning, making sure all the wash is done, Krentcil told the Today show. My husband goes to work at 4:30, he works from Wall Street. And then I make pancakes, pack their bags, and they're all off and gone. And then I work all day inside and outside of this house.
Krentcil, 44, was arrested and charged with second-degree child endangerment earlier this month after her then-five-year-old daughter Anna suffered from a burn which the child said was from indoor tanning. Krentcil was released on $25,000 bail and faces up to 10 years in prison if she is convicted.
Despite prosecutors' claims, Krenctil maintains her innocence, saying her daughter never set foot in the tanning bed but rather was burned from the sun while outdoors.
She never went in, Krentcil said. She never went in.
It was beautiful out, and they went into the kiddie pool, Krentcil said on the Today Show. She's a redhead. She got sunburnt. Soon after the case became public, Krentcil's bronzed face appeared on broadcast news reports, websites and newspapers in photos across the country and even in an SNL skit which Krentcil called hysterical.
The owner of City Tropics tanning salon in Nutley, N.J. told ABC News that Krentcil tans on average five days a week for the maximum 12 minute session in a standup booth for $100 per month unlimited plan.
I'm very tan and I've been tanning my whole life, Krentcil said. But in her interview with The Today Show, Krenctil went further to discuss her obsession with tanning while also defending her hobby.
Every allegation was wrong, and I just want people to leave us alone. I didn't do anything wrong. Is there something wrong about getting your nails done, or somebody who smokes too much? she said. I'm sorry, I'm tan. I like to be tan. It just feels good. I really think these moms [criticizing me] need to step off.