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Mom Pleads Not Guilty To Tanning Daughter

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NUTLEY, NJ (CNN) - A New Jersey mother has pleaded not guilty to child endangerment charges.  Patricia Krentcil is accused of allowing her 6-year old daughter to tan at a salon. Now Krentcil's husband is coming to her defense.

Patricia Krentcil left court, darkly tanned, and desperate for the world to know, "I'm a great mom I'm a wonderful mother."

Krentcil is charged with child endangerment. She is accused of taking her then-5-year-old daughter Anna into a Nutley tanning salon and actually allowing her to tan in a stand-up booth.

Krentcil says she tans frequently but  would never allow her fair-skinned daughter to do the same.

School administrators alerted police when 5-year-old Anna showed up to class with a sunburn. she told the school nurse she got it from "Tanning with mommy."

Krentcil first told her side of the story to CBS 2 earlier this week  looking much darker than she did in a mug shot released by police.  She says her daughter got the burn from playing outside. Not from a tanning booth.

Krentcil has a monthly membership at the City Tropics Tanning Salon. She would go ever other day for 12 minute sessions.

Her husband Rich insists his wife is a good mother who is being wrongly accused and unfairly judged.

"She enjoys tanning and I just think that's a thing that she does, but I agree this is being judged right away when the real truth will come out." said Rich Krentcil.

The tanning salon owner has revoked her membership and are refunding her money. The case is under investigation.

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