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Tanning mom off the hook -- for 1999 probation over bad checks

Patricia Krentcil, the mom who allegedly took her daughter into a tanning booth, responds to critics of her overly bronzed skin, calling them "ugly" and "jealous." NBC's Mara Schiavocampo reports.

Court officials say the New Jersey mom accused of taking her then-5-year-old daughter into a tanning booth is no longer on probation on a separate case.      

Patricia Krentcil is free on $2,500 bond, charged with child endangerment following her arrest last month in Nutley.      

The arrest got the attention of authorities in Camden County. That's where Krentcil was sentenced to five years' probation in 1999 for credit card theft, forgery and theft for writing bad checks. 

In 2001, a bench warrant was issued for her failure to appear at a probation hearing.

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Court officials in Camden County on Friday said her probation had been terminated and she would not be required to appear in court.      

Krentcil is due back in court next month to face the allegation of causing skin burns to her daughter, which authorities say occurred when the 5-year-old, red-haired, fair-skinned girl was put in a tanning booth. Krentcil has denied that, saying her daughter got a mild sunburn while playing outside on a warm day.

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In New Jersey, children under 14 are not allowed to tan at indoor salons, while those 14 to 17 years old may do so with signed parental consent.

This article includes reporting from NBCNewYork.com and The Associated Press.

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