Patricia Krentcil, 44, waits to be arraigned at the Essex County Superior Court, Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in Newark, N.J., where she appeared on charges of endangering her 5-year-old child by taking her into a tanning salon. Krentcil tells The Associated Press her daughter got her sunburn from being outside on a recent warm day. New Jersey state law prohibits anyone under 14 from using tanning salons.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Authorities have referred the case of the New Jersey mother accused of taking her then 5-year-old daughter into a tanning booth to a grand jury.
Patricia Krentcil was previously scheduled to appear in court Monday for a hearing on a child endangerment charge. That hearing was canceled once the case was sent to the grand jury.
The 44-year-old, who is bronzed-colored from frequent tanning, has pleaded not guilty. Though she has said she is innocent of the charge against her, she admits to excessive tanning herself.
Krentcil is accused of taking her young daughter into a tanning booth in April. Krentcil said her daughter's burn came from the sun on an unusually warm day and that she would never take the girl into a tanning booth.
It's against New Jersey law for anyone under 14 to use a tanning booth.
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