Another “tanning mom” is making headlines for her questionable parenting.
WHTM reports that Lancaster County, Pa., Children and Youth Services has opened an investigation into 28-year-old Krista Mann, who allegedly left her two children unattended in her car while she visited an Elizabethtown tanning salon.
According to Elizabethtown police, an officer checking parking meters last Saturday morning found the two children, a 6-year-old girl and a10 -month-old baby boy, alone in Mann’s 2008 Suzuki. The car was idling and the front window was rolled down about an inch.
When the officer inquired where their mother was, the daughter pointed to a tanning salon across the street.
The officer then entered the salon and located Mann before ordering her to get dressed and leave. She allegedly confessed to leaving her children in the car and admitted that doing so was “stupid.”
When the officer asked for Mann’s driver’s license, she allegedly said that she’d forgotten it. It was later learned that her license had, in fact, been suspended for driving under the influence.
Mann faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child, leaving a child in an unattended motor vehicle and driving on a suspended license.
“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,” Elizabethtown Police Chief Jack Mentzer told The Huffington Post. “Kids are curious by nature. All it would have taken is the 6-year-old moving the gear-selector in the car and goodness knows what would have happened,” he added.
Despite the charges against Mann, her neighbors told WHTM that she is a good mother.
“There are a lot of people out there who do these types of things and get their kids taken away,” Alesha Saez said. “She’s a great mom and she deserves to have her kids, so this is the kind of thing she shouldn’t do.”
“It’s a mistake and I know she’s devastated,” Trish Rowles added.
The incident comes just a week after Nutley, N.J., mother Patricia Krentcil was charged with child endangerment after allegedly allowing her six-year-old daughter to tan at a salon. CBS News reports that the deeply-tanned Krentcil has since been banned from at least 63 salons in the tri-state area, with “wanted” posters displayed behind the desks of many of them so that employees know that she is not welcome in their establishments.