published Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

New Jersey’s 'tanning mom': Life a 'living hell,' I’m moving

In this May 2, 2012, file photo, Patricia Krentcil, 44, waits to be arraigned at the Essex County Superior Court in Newark, N.J., where she appeared on charges of endangering her 5-year-old child by taking her into a tanning salon.
In this May 2, 2012, file photo, Patricia Krentcil, 44, waits to be arraigned at the Essex County Superior Court in Newark, N.J., where she appeared on charges of endangering her 5-year-old child by taking her into a tanning salon.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

NUTLEY, N.J. — A New Jersey woman widely known as “the tanning mom” is celebrating a grand jury’s refusal to indict her on a charge she unlawfully let her 5-year-old daughter into a tanning booth.

Patricia Krentcil addressed reporters outside her Nutley home Tuesday night by yelling: “cha-ching!” Prosecutors announced earlier in the day she no longer faced a child endangerment charge.

She says her life has been “a living hell” and she plans to move to London for a year to decompress while her husband and kids stay in New Jersey.

Krentcil became a tabloid sensation because of her own deep tan and professed love of tanning. She says “tanning is not a crime” and she’ll keep at it.

Asked what she learned from the whole episode, she replied, “People suck.”

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