The infamous "Tanning Mom" won't face child endangerment charges for reportedly bringing her 5-year-old daughter into a tanning booth last year, a New Jersey grand jury decided Tuesday when it refused to indict her.
Patricia Krentcil, 44, of Nutley, told reporters she felt vindicated by the decision.
"What this world did in this past year was make a mockery of me, and I don't appreciate that," Krentcil said.
The deeply tanned Krentcil was arrested in April 2012 after her daughter's teachers noticed burns on the girl's legs. She was overheard telling classmates she "went tanning with Mommy." Krentcil denied the allegations and said the burns were from playing outside in the sun.
"My daughter's a beautiful girl who loves school, who had to go through this, and I think it's traumatizing for a little girl who did nothing wrong but got a little sunburned," Krentcil told reporters at the time of her arrest.
Krentcil did, however, admit to excessive tanning herself, but maintained that her daughter always waited outside the booth.
"It's like taking your daughter to go food shopping," she told NBC 4 New York
in May after being released on $25,000 bail. "There's tons of moms that bring their children [into the salon]."
It's illegal for anyone under the age of 14 to use a tanning booth in New Jersey, and teens who are 15 to 17 years old must have parental consent.
Krentcil's outrageous bronze-colored appearance created a media frenzy last year, with a toy company even creating a "tanorexic" action figure based on her.
The mother of five was banned from tanning beds in the tri-state area after her arrest last year. Now that the case against her is over, she claims she plans to move to London where she can tan in peace.
"I need to get out of this place so I can regain my freedom and live my life the way I want to. There's no future for me here," Krentcil told UK-newspaper The Sun. "I love London and am convinced that moving there is the only way my family and I can find happiness again."
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