'Tanning Mom' Sent to Detox Facility After Alleged Intoxication at Airport

By: ABC News Email
By: ABC News Email

(ABC News)-Patricia Krentcil, the New Jersey woman known as the "Tanning Mom" was sent to a temporary detox facility after she was allegedly found to be intoxicated at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, officials said.

Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman Patrick Hogan told ABCNews.com that police received a call about an intoxicated passenger at the Delta ticket counters at the airport Thursday.

Hogan said Krentcil, 45, of Nutley, N. J. was taken to a temporary detox facility located in Hennepin County, Minn., after police decided that she was not able to take care of herself.

Hogan said Krentcil was in Minneapolis on a layover, but he did not know where she was traveling to or from.

Krentcil was not arrested, Hogan said. He did not know what facility in Hennepin County Krentcil was taken to, but noted that she could be held up to 30 hours in the facility before her release.

Harriet Krentcil, Krentcil's mother-in-law, told ABCNews.com that she did not know if Krentcil had returned home to New Jersey.

Through Harriet Krentcil, Patricia Krentcil and her husband, Richard, declined to comment to ABC News.

Krentcil was arrested in April 2012 for allegedly violating a state law banning children under 14 from using tanning salons. Police became involved after school officials noticed burns on the legs of Krentcil's then-5-year-old daughter. A grand jury declined to indict her in February.


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