NJ mom takes 5-year-old daughter into tanning booth
Legal panel weighs in on the case
- Duration 7:36
- Date May 3, 2012
Legal panel weighs in on the case
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Kelly scores back in session on the docket today a tanning loving mom accused of taking her five year old daughter into a Booth for bronze -- for -- -- -- of New Jersey is now charged with second degree child endangerment.
After her typically fair skinned daughter showed up at school with some.
Pretty bad sunburns.
Police say the little girl Anna told the school nurse that her mother -- -- standing.
-- says that's not how it happened at all and insists she did nothing wrong.
-- -- -- -- Why do you think -- this -- them.
Somebody is an idiot out there -- you love your daughter I would dynamite job.
Joining me now mark I'd -- -- a former prosecutor now defense attorney.
And Janice Kilgore also former prosecutor now defense attorney are right so we have obtained a copy.
Of the arrest warrant here and I -- it offers just a little bit of detail -- says that she took her five year old child.
In a quote stand -- tanning Booth because a lot of people were wondering well how would she do it you know -- -- down she's lying down you -- -- only one room for one body in those.
This says it was a standup tanning Booth John and it says it caused first degree burns on her body.
That would be the least severe kind of burns the child's fair skin the school nurse says she noticed it -- they have second degree child endangerment here -- way.
If they can prove that she actually did that that the child was in the Booth because we already -- mom thing to tell that side child and I was getting that money if they can't prove it.
Back then they do have second degree child endangerment -- Modern needs help and she -- the -- outside the courthouse somebody's an idiot here yes it's you mom.
You're the idiot but -- need some help -- pregnant two doesn't need a felony conviction and a but come on she's she's a danger to herself and that child look at -- -- -- there.
They say she's at ten attic.
Went ten -- mark anorexic then -- -- anorexic she's clearly got an issue she's obviously got an issue with addictive tanning.
What that she also wants the same.
Well that's why did John and prosecutors would have you believe but I'm going to try to defend my fake client and first concede.
Fifty did take a child in the tanning -- that she should be punished criminally.
But the evidence falls short of that from what I read now she is guilty no question of intentionally causing -- -- to look like a pint of Guinness.
Or that doesn't work for you all -- -- out of -- Tootsie Roll there's no question she looks like that that chuck but he treats.
However someone from the tanning places saying maybe can gave conveniently sell but nevertheless they're prepared Zander wrote that the child was not in the room with.
My -- -- say that he was outside.
Of course it is -- address they know best but there's no other way no evidence she's outside of the -- given -- that they now but if she went into that with some other than they don't know John.
Correct -- one step.
All you can come back to me but I got more look at what I just got I mean if they if no one was an eyewitness -- no -- can can place eyes on the girl at all times.
Then the tanning salon can't.
They can't solve this case well here's -- thing people murder people all the time we don't actually see the bullet lead the gun go into the body of somebody out.
Here you have a mother who obviously has no problem cooking -- self.
So we can make the difference that maybe she doesn't have a problem -- hurdle attacking my client you know good numbered -- It appears that I tandem with -- So we have two pieces of circumstantial evidence that it -- well problem -- America act if if if the child says -- -- with money.
Why does the state.
To prove that she brighter and at a tanning Booth could can they make this case if they show she just let her fair skinned daughter hand with mommy outside of wind up burned.
-- wait we need to sort out the facts I don't know that's what the child said the child so that she went with mommy to the tanning place.
If the daughter was left he suffered while they -- handing with mommy.
That was the conclusion that was with a child said at the daughter was left outside as I'm hearing.
And suffered burns from -- That there's a defense Megan.
She was tanning outside while her mother was inside and yes that's irresponsible but that's not what they're -- That is what they've done and that's the salon owner of course who has had reason to say this didn't happen if there's a lot to the by the way this woman's been banned for life and that's a lot now.
Said the girl had a sunburn on our on her arms from April 17 when it was ninety degrees out now I mean I'm fair off -- you go outside without sunblock ninety degrees acquittal you can get -- first 37.
So -- -- -- -- -- that happens it happens with you know parents who are supposed avoided their children all the time you're at and -- -- -- -- -- at the -- -- right but this is a little different because normally.
-- -- -- -- -- Did not look like a first I guarantee you when you got this up burn out by it with a natural number that hey -- It is that either of you shouldn't let your kid get first degree burns -- third Bieber and whatever they they -- The -- in this case is a mandatory reporter had to report it now we've got it better out the fact and it doesn't look because there were admitted to this case would never have been brought Mark Wood it's.
If this woman didn't look like this will be all right see if we don't need an expert to tell -- she's got a problem think she has no -- insisted scanning.
And when you -- an addiction and believe you cannot appear attractive you cannot look good.
To the outside world without -- yourself like this.
The theory is you're gonna pass that along to your daughter.
No question we have this thing called the presumption of innocence in this country but it does not exist in a case like this we look at the mother and you say the presumption ships.
Someone who would -- -- taught daughter and -- tanning bed looks exactly like that woman so all of a sudden she's got to prove that she didn't do it will she say.
I did my daughter was in the room she was outside she got burnt by the sun -- some day before -- Now you can't look suspicious but that's -- it takes a reasonable hypothesis of -- Is this a slippery slope on these numbers -- -- you want that would market is a slippery slope when you get into parenting now grants tanning salons that you can't go in if you're under fourteen so they they broke alive they did this.
But you know what's next arresting apparent on the beach who let's their kids run around about the -- block and he -- she gets its assigned a sunburn.
Well let me just say this I've been defending her but now -- -- that the act I have no problem -- prosecuting someone criminally.
Who lets their child into a tanning bed which is unlawful to Begin with a as a minimum age every state.
And then secondly -- with this type of behavior and psychology putting your child -- -- -- I think that should it raise charges but again the question is did she -- -- But John is it is it as a result to you know a parent allowing their child to have a burger at the heart attack grill.
Or -- you have it garrison in Europe -- let their young ones have -- At the dinner table or being around the grandparents -- small guy you know yeah.
They don't we little VW by the black with three kids and my parents would drive without the wind is up and talk -- Expect I know I know it yet it is slippery slope yes but when you have.
Instant that there this obviously the little girl with severely burned according to the teacher at a great takers yet Greenberg take that he is somewhere -- had I'm not making light of it but let's not say severe burns there -- at first degree burns we have tasted like -- we can't simply ignore and forget about the slippery slope -- -- and taken on case by case basis.
Something needs to be investigated with regard with little five year old girl.
-- by the way we also did not have car seats or seat belts out heated debate for XPW got the update has run -- -- iPad and somehow we will have to.
Big incredible panel thank you both so much --