Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Patricia Krentcil’s case has been referred to a grand jury.
The mother from Nutley made national headlines in April after she was accused of taking her six-year-old daughter into a tanning bed, causing burns on her leg. New Jersey law prohibits the use of tanning beds by anyone under the age of 14.
Krentcil was arrested on April 24, and pleaded not guilty to the second-degree charge of child endangerment. She was previously scheduled to appear in Essex County Superior Court today for a plea disposition conference.
Krentcil told authorities and reporters that her daughter had gotten sunburn after playing outside on an unseasonably warm and sunny April day.
The Star Ledger reported that Krentcil, who remains free in lieu of $25,000 bail, also had to answer a warrant in Camden County on a probation violation from 2000. Court records revealed that she had plead guilty to unlawful theft that year.