44-year-old Krentcil of Nutley, NJ, appeared in court yesterday to answer to charges of second-degree child endangerment. She pleaded not guilty and was released on $25,000 bail.
According to the girl's father, Rich Krentcil, the whole thing is a misunderstanding stemming from a comment his daughter made to a classmate. Krentcil told NBC New York he believes a teacher must have assumed that the girl's visit to a tanning salon was somehow related to a sunburn she had, and called the cops on her mom.
"This whole big thing happened, and everyone got involved," he is quoted as saying. "It was 85 degrees outside, she got sunburned. That's it. That's all that happened."
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