Entries in Child Endangerment (4)


New Jersey Mom Arrested After Taking 5-Year-Old to Tanning Salon

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NUTLEY, N.J.) -- A New Jersey mother was arrested after her 5-year-old daughter sustained burns from time she spent in a tanning booth.

Patricia Krentcil, 44, is out on bail following her arrest on a second-degree child endangerment charge.

“The little girl went to school and reported she had these burns and that caused the school to contact authorities,” Katherine Carter, spokesperson for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, told ABC News.

Carter declined to name the Nutley, N.J., tanning salon, citing the “ongoing investigation.”

Krentcil’s daughter is in the custody of her father, Carter said.

New Jersey law prohibits anyone under the age of 14 from using a tanning booth. Older teens are allowed to tan but only with parental consent.

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Mom Faces Jail for Making Son Walk to School

Kevin Horan/Stone(JONESBORO, Ark.) -- An Arkansas mother is being charged with a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a minor after she made her son walk 4.6 miles to school in order to “teach him a lesson.”

Valerie Borders, 34, told police her 10-year-old son had been suspended from the bus for a week and she was making him walk to school as punishment.

A bank security guard spotted the boy walking alone in 30-degree weather on Monday and called police.

When the boy spoke to the responding officer, he told him:  “Please don’t take me home. Mother will beat me,” the police report said.

The officer took the boy to his mother’s workplace, only to be told she was on vacation. They found her at home, where she was cited for child endangerment.

“There were a number of things that could have happened to the child,” said Lyle Waterworth, a spokesman for the Jonesboro Police Department. “The child could have been injured, abducted.”

ABC News affiliate KAIT spoke with the boy, who made an impassioned plea on camera to keep his mother out of jail.

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The boy’s mother did not speak on camera.

If convicted, she faces up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000.

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Mass. Mother Forces Daughter to Pose Nude on Web Cam

Photodisc/Thinkstock(ATTLEBORO, Mass.) -- A Massachusetts mother is facing child endangerment charges after authorities said she forced her daughter to pose nude in hopes of winning a $20,000 mother-daughter bikini photo shoot.

Ann Lussier, 41, of Attleboro, Mass., allegedly made her daughter strip down to her bra and underwear and then completely disrobe while a man who identified himself as a Florida-based photographer watched over Skype. Authorities did not dislocse the age of the child.

Lussier and her daughter were unable to see the photographer, who claimed his camera was broken.

"The parent had to show the man what both she and the victim looked like with no clothes on, reportedly so he could see the shape of their bodies," court documents stated.

A reportedly frustrated Lussier told her twin sister about the incident and how "uncooperative" her daughter was, according to court documents, which also stated the aunt heard her niece crying in the background.

The sister contacted authorities, who began a month-long investigation that culminated in the arrest of Lussier and Joshua Dunfee of Oxford Junction, Iowa, the man allegedly on the other end of the camera.

Dunfee is being sent to Massachusetts to face federal child pornography charges.

Lussier's lawyer, Ernest Solomon, told ABC News that his client is a victim of a "pervert."

Solomon would not comment on whether the mother admitted to the circumstances in the court documents, citing pending court action, but said she was seeking professional help while staying with relatives.

ABC News reached John Lussier, the girl's father. "This is a very sensitive matter and that's all I have to say," Lussier said.

The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families is currently investigating the case.

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Mom Drops Kids at Barnes & Noble During Errands, Now Faces Prison

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(DOTHAN, Ala.) -- An Alabama mother who dropped her two young children off at a Barnes & Noble while she ran errands in town now faces as much as six years in prison for child endangerment.

Charlene Sutherland, of Headland, Ala., was charged with six counts of misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child after leaving her son and daughter, 11 and 6 years old, at a Barnes & Noble in Dothan, Ala., in July. The police allege that Sutherland left the children there unattended for seven hours on three separate occasions, while Sutherland said she would occasionally let the children go there to read while she ran errands.

"My children were home for the summer, not going to school, and one of the things they love to do, they love to read," Sutherland said. "They tell me all about the how the store has a children's section and they can read the books and leave them there so I don't have to buy them, which, frankly, I couldn't afford to do."

Sutherland said her son, Eli, 11, is an avid reader, and she dropped him off a couple of times with his older brother, Nigel, 16, to read while she ran errands in town. On one occasion, the boys' little sister, Faith, 6, wanted to go.

"They go to day care every day, Faith and [youngest son] Noah, and on this particular day Nigel and Ely wanted to go to the bookstore and Faith accompanied them there, and this got blown totally out of proportion," Sutherland said. "Faith is like, she doesn't meet any strangers, so because of the personality Faith has, she might say hi to another girl, and make someone wonder, 'Where's her mom?'"

Sutherland said she dropped off the children at Barnes & Noble after lunch at around 1 p.m., and estimated that she was back to pick them up in about an hour. When she arrived, she found out the children had been taken by Department of Human Resources officials back to the family's home in Headland, she said.

The police, however, said that Sutherland dropped the kids off around 10 a.m. and picked them up between 5 and 6 p.m. at least three times over a two-week period, according to Dothan police Sgt. Rachel David.

Employees in the store said the children were well-behaved, but after the children were dropped off a third time they decided to call police.

"They're a family friendly business, but they are certainly not set up for the liabilities that a day care [center] would incur," David said.

A police investigator and an investigator from the juvenile investigative unit went to the store and spoke with employees, and then issued a warrant for Sutherland's arrest, David said. The 41-year-old mother was arrested at a roadblock when police ran her license and saw warrants for her arrest, according to David.

Because the crime is a misdemeanor it will go before municipal court, and the maximum penalty is a year for each count. The case will be heard on Oct. 12, Sutherland said.

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