Last year, Patricia Krentcil, 44, of Nutley, NJ allegedly allowed her 5-year-old daughter to go inside a tanning booth. School officials told police they noticed burn marks on the girl’s legs. Following an investigation, Krentcil was arrested on April 24, 2012 and charged with child endangerment. Under New Jersey law, children under 14 years of age are banned from using tanning salons.
Krentcil pleaded not guilty to the charges and was set free after posting 10 percent of $25,000 bail. Her daughter remained in her custody as her case proceeded through an Essex County grand jury.
On Tuesday, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced that the grand jury issued a no bill and declined to indict Krentcil, according to Thompson.
"We presented all the available evidence in the case to the grand jury, both the state's evidence and the defense's evidence,” said Assistant Prosecutor Gina Iosim, who presented the case to the grand jury. “The grand jurors voted not to indict Mrs. Krentcil. We respect their decision."
The decision officially ended the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office’s involvement in the case.