It’s been a few years since Tan Mom, or Patricia Krentcil as she’s known in legal terms, ran into trouble with New Jersey law enforcement for allegedly taking her young daughter with her to a tanning salon. A lot has happened to Krentcil since then, but she has not forgotten that phone call to local police that shot her into the national spotlight back in 2012.
It was the school nurse at her daughter’s school who initially alerted authorities about the possible child endangerment that ended up forever altering Krentcil and her family’s lives. So when her now 11-year-old daughter reportedly came home with a sunburn, Tan Mom wasn’t having it. “After what they did to me, they didn’t put lotion on her?” Krentcil told the New York Post. “This time, I’m going after them.”
Following the charges and having to deal with her legal case, Krentcil’s gone through a lot, including divorce, rehab for a drinking problem, and being banned from her beloved chain of tanning salons. Some of her younger children — Krentcil is a mother of five — were also continuously hounded and teased, and continue to be monitored in a certain way by staff and faculty. “They always ask her, ‘Are you OK?” Krentcil says of the teachers at her daughter’s Lincoln Elementary in her town of Nutley, N.J. So it’s likely understandable that Krentcil is upset about the possibility of her daughter coming home sunburned. She says she has lawyers looking into a possible case.
Although her 15 minutes of fame (or infamy) may have passed a few years back, Krentcil is still eking out an existence as a known personality. She appears frequently on Howard Stern — she says the popular radio host helps her out financially. “He keeps me alive,” she tells the Post.
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