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Parents Talk: Would You Bring Your Child to a Tanning Booth?

In this week's Parents Talk, we ask parents if they would bring a young child into a tanning booth with them while they tan.

Parents everywhere gasped in collective shock last week when word got out that New Jersey mother-of-five Patricia Krentcil let her 6-year-old daughter tan in a tanning bed.

Krentcil's daughter, Anna, told officials at her elementary school that her mother let her tan in a bed when the fair-skinned little girl showed up to school with a sunburn.

Krentcil, who readily admits to tanning on a regular basis and who sports a dark bronze hue, says the child's sunburn was the result of playtime outside, not time in a tanning bed. She does admit to bringing the kindergartner with her when she tanned.

"I’d never endanger her life by putting her under the ultraviolet light," she insisted to a reporter at NJ.com.

Krentcil has pleaded not guilty to a second degree child endangerment charge.

What would you do? If you tanned in a tanning bed, would you allow your child to accompany you into the booth while you did? Tell us in the comments.

Jim Zupan May 07, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Tanning beds are just another sign of how humans have evolved into idiots. Take a look at the people you know who do tan. Do see how they have not aged real well, and that leather hide they use to call skin. How can a person that is vain enough to use one, not be smart enough to know what it is going to do to them.
Shentia Miles May 08, 2012 at 04:28 AM
OMG dis lady is totes sick in da head! iz juss upsettin dat she wood put her doter up to dis ish! ugh brakes ma hart!
Anne Carothers-Kay May 08, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Want to be shocked? Check out the photos of the woman: https://www.google.com/search?q=google+photos+Patricia+Krentcil&hl=en&prmd=imvnso&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=gyCpT6nwFsSbiAKrrYCwAg&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CBUQ_AUoAQ&biw=1149&bih=580
Anne Carothers-Kay May 08, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Want to be shocked? Take a look at the google photos of this woman here: http://bit.ly/Jnptfw
David Leonard May 08, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I know a couple of women who do a lot of tanning in the summer sun, and their skin has paid a serious price for doing so. Like Jim Z. (above) I have never understood why women who care about their appearance do that to themselves.

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