A mother in Pennsylvania left her infant son and young daughter alone in her car while she went tanning at a local salon.
Krista Mann, 28, now faces child endangerment charges and a wrath of public scrutiny as her incident comes on the heels of New Jersey mom Patricia Krentcil earning the moniker ‘tanning mom’.
Krentcil was charged with allegedly bringing her pale red-head daughter into a tanning booth with her and has since been banned from 63 tanning salons in her home state.
Tanning mom II: Krista Mann, left, was arrested for leaving her six-year-old daughter (right) in the car with her 10-month-old son while she went tanning
CBS News reports that Krentcil’s ban happened on the same day as news of Mann’s arrest broke.
Though Krentcil is significantly more tan than Mann, the similarities between the cases will certainly raise the heat that both mothers are facing.
A neighbor of Mann’s told local ABC affiliate WHTM that she is a good mother but simply under stress.
‘It’s a mistake and I know she’s devastated,’ Trish Rowles told the station.
The incident occurred when a police officer saw the 6-year-old girl and her 10-month-old brother sitting in a car in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania unattended.
Different hues: Patricia Krentcil (left) was the first one to be called tanning mom, and now Krista Mann (right, seen with her son) is raising comparisons
The officer, who was doing meter checks on Saturday morning, asked the girl where their parents were and she pointed to the tanning salon nearby.
Trouble: Because Mann was driving on a suspended license due to a prior DUI charge, she now faces a possible 60 days in jail
One credit that Mann does get: she told her daughter never to talk to strangers, so when the police officer was asking questions she would only point her answer and began to cry.
Mann was in the tanning booth when the officer arrived at the salon, and she told him that it was ‘stupid’ of her to have left her children in the car.
She said she had forgotten her driver’s license, and when it was presented, the officer learned that it had been suspended because of a prior arrest for drunken driving.
As a result, she now faces two charges of child endangerment, two charges of leaving a child in an unattended vehicle, and a charge of driving on a suspended license.
If convicted of the last charge, she will face at least the mandatory minimum sentence of 60 days in jail.
‘The thing that we hope occurs is that we raise public awareness to the fact that we should not be leaving our children unattended in vehicles, particularly with the keys in the ignition,’ police chief Jack Mentzer told The Huffington Post.
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