New Jersey Tanning Mom Patricia Krentcil On Critics: "They're Jealous, They're Fat And They're Ugly"

Patricia Krentcil, the New Jersey woman who

allegedly stuffed her 5-year-old daughter into a tanning bed

-- causing the girl's skin to burn -- has an explanation as to why everyone is so worked up about the incident: her critics are just "jealous, they're fat and they're ugly."

We knew she had a (ahem) good explanation.

Krentcil offered her explanation to a TMZ cameraman as she was headed to a hair salon in Nutley yesterday afternoon.

Additionally, despite the allegations against her, Krentcil insists she didn't actually put her daughter in a tanning bed and that she's a great mom.

"I'm innocent and it's proven... I would never -- never -- put my daughter in a tanning booth. We go out shopping. That's what we do," she said. "Any mother that makes an accusation about me is not a mother, because I'm a great mother and I would never do that to my child."

For the record, my mother thinks Krentcil's a bad mom if she put her kid in a tanning bed, and I can confirm that my mother is in fact a mother.

Krentcil was arrested last week after authorities got word that she took the 5-year-old tanning. Krentcil says she's been using tanning beds for more than 10 years. Based on her glowing appearance, we'll take her word for it.

Krentcil admits that she did bring the girl to a tanning salon, but swears her daughter was never exposed to dangerous UV rays. She says the girl's burns happened when she was playing outside.

Krentcil says she considers her tanning regimen to be an errand, and she simply brought her daughter along like she would when she runs any errand. As we mentioned, she claims the girl was never exposed to the bright lights of a tanning booth.

"It's like taking your daughter to go food shopping," she said earlier this week. "There's tons of moms that bring their children in."

The misunderstanding, she claims, happened after the 5-year-old told people at school that her mother had taken her tanning. The theory is a teacher overheard the girl talking about going tanning with her mother and called police.

Because it's illegal for anyone under the age of 14 to use tanning beds -- and it's illegal for their parents to take them tanning -- Krentcil's been hit with one count of second-degree child endangerment. She's since pleaded not guilty.

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