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Another Tanning Mom Charged With Child Endangerment

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By Andrew Chow, Esq. on May 14, 2012 7:05 AM

Another "tanning mom" is facing child endangerment charges, but not for allegedly taking a child into a tanning booth.

Police in Elizabethtown, Pa., arrested Krista Mann after finding her two children -- a 6-year-old girl and a 10-month-old boy -- unattended in a running car while she went tanning at a salon across the street, WGAL-TV reports.

An officer approached the car and asked the girl where her parents were. The girl told the officer about her mom's tanning appointment -- but then said she wasn't supposed to talk to strangers and started to cry, police said.

The officer explained he wasn't a stranger and was there to help, according to NBC News. He found tanning mom Krista Mann inside the tanning salon.

Mann told the officer she'd left her license at home. Turns out, her license had been suspended for a DUI-related offense, WGAL reports.

Mann is charged with two counts of leaving an unattended child in a motor vehicle. But one count may be dropped, because Pennsylvania's law only applies to children "under 6 years of age" and Mann's daughter is older than that.

Mann also faces two counts of endangering the welfare of children, a common charge for a parent caught leaving kids unattended in vehicles. Pennsylvania's law punishes a parent "or other person supervising the welfare of a child" for "violating a duty of care, protection, or support."

Such charges may also trigger a child welfare investigation. But news reports, including this one by WHTM-TV, do not indicate if that's happening in this case:

In addition to her child-endangerment charges, tanning mom Krista Mann could also face a mandatory 60-day jail sentence for driving while under a DUI-related suspension, Elizabethtown's police chief told The Huffington Post.

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