Tanning Mom: 'I was set up in this whole mess – it's not true' Patricia Krentcil denies taking her six-year-old daughter tanning and says she hasn't sunned herself in six months
15:05 GMT, 11 September 2012
15:47 GMT, 11 September 2012
Better known as Tanning Mom, Patricia Krentcil and her mahogany skin tone made
headlines around the globe following accusations that she had taken her
six-year-old daughter into a tanning booth with her.
The youngster told a school nurse
that she had 'gone tanning with Mommy' after she arrived at school with sunburn and her mother was charged with second degree child endangerment.
Mrs Krentcil, who quickly became the subject of public ridicule, and was branded 'tanorexic', insists that Anna got her sunburn
from playing in the pool and that she has not broken the law.
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Tanning Mom Patricia Krentcil appeared on This Morning via webcam to defend herself and her tanning habits
Following the reports in the press she was dubbed the world's worst mother in the US and today Patricia Krentcil appeared on This Morning to defend herself.
'My love of tanning started when I was about 23. Everyone has some form of addictions and I liked to tan – but I never put Anna in the room.
'But I'm not tanning anymore and I was thinking how stupid it really is,' she said from a studio in New York.
Speaking about the accusations that she took her five year old daughter in the tanning booth following burns on her skin, the mother-of-five said: 'It's not a booth, its a room like what I'm sitting in right now with a tanning table – but she was never in the booth, I don't know how many times I have to say it.'
Patricia vehemently denied taking her daughter tanning when speaking to Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby
The New Jersey mother was arrested for child endangerment after she took her five year old daughter to a tanning salon
The saga surrounding Mrs Krentcil began when her fair-skinned, red-haired daughter Anna's teacher noticed serious burns
on the then five-year-old's body
Explaining the burns she said: 'She had a half a day, she's out in the pool and she's a redhead and had just a little bit of sunburn on her back and if she would have been in a tanning booth it would have been her whole body.'
She added: 'I was set up in this whole mess – its not true. When you ask about justice over here, I don't think there isn't any – there are liars and its very upsetting.
'If we go to court, I have witnesses. This is a big misunderstanding on everyone's part – I know exactly what happened, there's a camera in the place, the owners know I didn't do that.
A teacher at school noticed that Anna appeared burnt but Patricia maintains she just caught the sun
'It's very frustrating. We just want to be left alone. I didn't do it – there's evidence that I didn't do it, and if they proceed on with it, so will I.'
After a month abstaining from her sunbed habit, the New Jersey mother revealed a lighter new look in an issue of In Touch last month.
Although the 44-year-old says everyone thinks her
less tan look is an improvement, the stay-at-home mother said: 'I feel weird and pale.'
On the show today, speaking about her love of tanning beds, she said: 'I haven't been there in six months.'
Tanning Mom has made quite a name for herself because of her brash behaviour. She was recently kicked off the stage
during an alcohol-fuelled appearance at a New York drag show, where
witnesses claim she shouted expletives at the audience, kicked over her
wine glass, and even tried to 'attack' the drag queen hosting the event.
Her tanning days have taken a toll and she is barely recognisable compared to a fresh-faced photo of her in her twenties
Her latest look is a far cry from a fresh-faced twenty year old shown in a series of monochrome shots taken in her twenties.
The cleavage-baring swimwear photos are thought to have been snapped as she tried to break into the world of glamour modelling.
The shots serve as evidence of how the 44-year-old's excessive tanning habit has affected her skin over the past two decades.
To see the full interview visit ITV Player HERE