‘Tanning Mom’ Patricia Krentcil Ordered To Detox Facility

Patricia Krentcil the “tanning mom” has been sent to a temporary detox facility after she showed up to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport drunk.

Police were called to the counter of Delta airlines, where they found a drunk Krentcil. Though the “tanning mom” wasn’t arrested, she was taken to a detox facility to sober up — essentially tossed in the drunk tank for a night.

Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman Patrick Hogan said he wasn’t sure how long Patricia Krentcil was in the detox facility or when she was released.

The 44-year-old New Jersey woman is seen as the textbook case of what’s commonly called “tanorexia,” or an addiction to fake tanning. Famous for her catcher’s mitt skin and seemingly cavalier attitude about parenting, Krentcil is also not a stranger to trouble. Earlier this she escaped charges for putting her 5-year-old daughter in a tanning bed.

A grand jury in New Jersey failed to return an indictment on Krentcil for a child-endangerment charge. The “tanning mom” was accused of violating a state law banning children from using tanning salons, NBC New York reported. Police had arrested Krentcil after her daughter showed up at school with burns on her legs.

Krentcil denied taking her daughter into the tanning booth.


“It’s like taking your daughter to go food shopping,” she said. “There’s tons of moms that bring their children in …”

“I tan, she doesn’t tan,” the “tanning mom” continued. “I’m in the booth, she’s in the room. That’s all there is to it.”

The “tanning mom” has even flirted with the idea of giving up tanning herself. Earlier this year she said she was considering moving to overcast London.

But it will likely be difficult for her to give it up. Patricia Krentcil took In Touch up on an offer to give up tanning for a month, but said the ordeal left her feeling “weird and pale.”