Patricia Krentcil became famous years ago in somewhat bizarre circumstances. Now, however, she’s making waves for a very different reason. Indeed, half a decade after Krentcil first hit the headlines, the gloves are off and she’s ready for a fight.
You may remember Krentcil’s name after her burst of media attention back in 2012. She didn’t become renowned for anything pleasant, however. That’s because, five years ago, Krentcil was arrested on a child endangerment charge – and the child in question was her five-year-old daughter.
The incident that led to the arrest allegedly took place at a tanning salon. And Krentcil, who was locally known as “Tan Mom,” had a history of frequenting tanning beds; in fact, she reportedly used them every single day.
Then a kindergarten nurse in Nutley, New Jersey, raised her concern about Krentcil’s daughter. Specifically, she had spotted burns on the girl’s body, and suspicions quickly arose that Krentcil had taken her child along to the tanning salon.
However, Krentcil strongly denied the claims that she’d let her daughter go on a sun bed. Indeed, she always maintained that although her five-year-old was present at the salon, the child never went near the tanning booth.
Nonetheless, Krentcil was subsequently arrested over the allegations. After all the fuss had died down, though, no formal charges were ever brought against her, and she was soon released. In 2017, moreover, Krentcil told the New York Post that she still had nightmares about the incident and adamantly maintained that she “did nothing wrong.”
“It’s all made up,” the Daily Mail also quoted her as saying back in 2012. And she was even able to explain away her daughter’s sunburn. In particular, she claimed that the five-year-old had become burnt while playing in the backyard.
And the arrest and media attention that followed badly affected the New Jersey mom. She was subsequently “shunned” by people she knew, then began abusing alcohol to cope with it all. “At that point I was drinking to forget what was going on,” she told the New York Post in 2017.
In fact, Krentcil even ended up having to go into rehab to bring her drinking under control. Nonetheless, during this period she was able to make the most of her fame: she even earned “a ton of money” as a result.
Still, five years later, the tables have turned. And while Krentcil has now found herself in the middle of another legal battle, this time she’s the one pointing the finger of blame. What’s more, it’s aimed at her daughter’s school.
Why? Well, again, it’s to do with damage to her daughter’s skin. However, there are no tanning salons involved in this case. Instead, it all began when her child, now 11, returned home from school with sunburn.
The burn supposedly occurred during recess at Lincoln Elementary School in Nutley. And Krentcil was horrified that her daughter was apparently not given the sun cream that her mom had sent her to school with.
“She was totally burned. I packed her [sunscreen] and she came home like a French fry,” Krentcil told the New York Post. Considering the stress that the school put her through all those years ago regarding her child’s skin, Krentcil was livid.
“After what they did to me, they didn’t put lotion on her? This time, I’m going after them,” Krentcil added. And given that it was originally a school nurse who told authorities about her daughter’s burns in 2012, Krentcil was ready to come down hard.
As a result, she got in touch with a lawyer and has been working on putting a case together against the school. Her argument is that the school’s apparent neglect led to her daughter’s sunburn.
However, Krentcil has even more reasons for being displeased with the school. She also claimed in the interview with the New York Post that the teachers harass her young daughter by constantly asking her if things are “okay” at home.
Krentcil might be discouraged from bringing any future legal action, though, simply due to the fact that she found herself in a tricky financial predicament following the 2012 accusations. She claimed to the New York Post that that particular case had set her back at least $100,000. And, as a consequence, she needed to earn some extra cash to cover all the legal and medical costs.
This resulted in all sorts of money-making projects. For example, the “Tan Mom” went as far as making a music video and recording a rap song to earn some money. She even appeared in an adult movie in order to pay off her debts.
Despite her previous money woes, however, Krentcil has seemingly showed no signs of bringing legal proceedings to a halt. One thing that she has slowed down on, though, is her tanning: she now “only” hits the salon three times a week.
And although she’s in the headlines again, Krentcil doesn’t seem so pleased about it. “I didn’t ask for this,” she told the New York Post. “Sometimes I wish I was just a normal mom. But I’m not that person; I’m different – I’m a mom who tans, but… I’m more than Tan Mom.”