You know what's not a good idea? Putting your 5-year-old in a tanning bed.
That's what Essex County, N.J., authorities believe Patricia Krentcil, 44, of Nutley, N.J., did recently. They charged her with second-degree child endangerment after authorities discovered serious burns on her 5-year-old daughter.
Krentcil pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning, and authorities are continuing to investigate the source of the child's injuries.
After her courtroom appearance in Newark, Krentcil and her attorney paused to speak to media. Her lawyer, John Caruso, portrayed the incident as a big misunderstanding. "We're confident when all the facts are heard in this case, she'll be vindicated."
Krentcil added: "I'm a wonderful mother."
Tanning salons are common across America, but the practice isn't without risks. Critics say prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays can cause a variety of health problems, including skin cancer. As a result, many states ban minors from tanning beds.