The case of Patricia Krentcil, the deeply tanned New Jersey mom accused of bringing her young daughter into a tanning booth, has been referred to a grand jury.

This development comes as new pictures of the 44-year-old woman surfaces, showing the leathery mom years before she deep fried her skin with heavy doses of ultraviolet rays.

Krentcil, who became the target of public ridicule for her unnatural complexion and wild media appearances, was due in state Superior Court today, the Star-Ledger reported.

Prosecutors charged her with child endangerment for allegedly allowing her daughter, 6, to get a sunburn at a tanning salon in April.

The hearing was cancelled, however, because the Essex County Prosecutor's office referred the case to a grand jury instead.

Krentcil, 44, was lambasted as "tanorexic," because of her devotion to tanning. But she and her husband denied that she exposed her daughter to harmful rays. Although their daughter allegedly told school officials that she got burned by tanning with her mom, her parents have said she spent too much time playing outdoors on an unusually warm spring day.

While Krentcil's face has become world famous, a glimpse of her from years ago is now the latest rage. A small batch of glamour shots popped up on TMZ today, showing Krentcil pose in a bathing suit long before tanning took a toll on her looks.

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  • Tanning Mom's New Skin

    Patricia Krentcil -- also known as Tanning Mom -- was in Westchester, NY on Friday, Sept. 21 to show off her better-looking skin and promote the book she allegedly swears by, "The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin." During the event, she told The Huffington Post exclusively that Mitt Romney's now infamous "tan" is fake.

  • Tanning Mom's New Skin

    Patricia Krentcil -- also known as Tanning Mom -- was in Westchester, NY on Friday, Sept. 21 to show off her better-looking skin and promote the book she allegedly swears by, "The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin." She brought her daughter, Anna, whom she <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/01/patricia-krentcil-arrested-daughter-tanning-booth_n_1469392.html?ref=crime" target="_hplink">allegedly took into a tanning booth in April</a>. Krentcil denies the allegation.

  • Tanning Mom's New Skin

    Here's Tanning Mom with HuffPost Weird News editor Andy Campbell.

  • Tanning Mom's New Skin

    Patricia Krentcil -- also known as Tanning Mom -- was in Westchester, NY on Friday, Sept. 21 to show off her better-looking skin and promote the book she allegedly swears by, "The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin." During the event, she told The Huffington Post exclusively that Mitt Romney's now infamous "tan" is fake.

  • Tanning Mom's New Skin

    Patricia Krentcil -- also known as Tanning Mom -- was in Westchester, NY on Friday, Sept. 21 to show off her better-looking skin and promote the book she allegedly swears by, "The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin." She brought her daughter, Anna, whom she <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/01/patricia-krentcil-arrested-daughter-tanning-booth_n_1469392.html?ref=crime" target="_hplink">allegedly took into a tanning booth in April</a>. Krentcil denies the allegation.

  • Tanning Mom's New Skin

    Patricia Krentcil -- also known as Tanning Mom -- was in Westchester, NY on Friday, Sept. 21 to show off her better-looking skin and promote the book she allegedly swears by, "The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin." During the event, she told The Huffington Post exclusively that Mitt Romney's now infamous "tan" is fake.

  • Tanning Mom's New Skin

    Patricia Krentcil -- also known as Tanning Mom -- was in Westchester, NY on Friday, Sept. 21 to show off her better-looking skin and promote the book she allegedly swears by, "The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin." During the event, she told The Huffington Post exclusively that Mitt Romney's now infamous "tan" is fake.

  • Tanning Mom's New Skin

    Patricia Krentcil -- also known as Tanning Mom -- was in Westchester, NY on Friday, Sept. 21 to show off her better-looking skin and promote the book she allegedly swears by, "The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin." During the event, she told The Huffington Post exclusively that Mitt Romney's now infamous "tan" is fake.

  • Tanning Mom's New Skin

    Patricia Krentcil -- also known as Tanning Mom -- was in Westchester, NY on Friday, Sept. 21 to show off her better-looking skin and promote the book she allegedly swears by, "The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin." During the event, she told The Huffington Post exclusively that Mitt Romney's now infamous "tan" is fake.

  • Tanning Mom's New Skin

    Patricia Krentcil -- also known as Tanning Mom -- was in Westchester, NY on Friday, Sept. 21 to show off her better-looking skin and promote the book she allegedly swears by, "The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin." During the event, she told The Huffington Post exclusively that Mitt Romney's now infamous "tan" is fake.

  • Tanned Mom Charged

    This photograph of Patricia Krentcil was released by the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in Newark, N.J. Krentcil, of Nutley, N.J., whose own skin is deeply bronze-colored from regular visits to a tanning salon, has been accused of taking her 5-year-old daughter into a tanning booth in violation of state law. Krentcil entered a plea of not guilty Wednesday in Superior Court to a charge of child endangerment. (AP Photo/Essex County Prosecutor's Office)

  • Tanned Mom Charged

    Patricia Krentcil, 44, left, stands with her lawyer John Caruso during a court appearance on charges of child endangerment at the Essex County Superior Court, Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in Newark, N.J. Krentcil is accused of taking her 5-year-old child into a tanning booth. Krentcil tells The Associated Press her daughter got her sunburn from being outside on a recent warm day. New Jersey state law prohibits anyone under 14 from using tanning salons.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Tanned Mom Charged

    Patricia Krentcil, 44, waits to be arraigned at the Essex County Superior Court, Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in Newark, N.J., where she appeared on charges of endangering her 5-year-old child by taking her into a tanning salon. Krentcil tells The Associated Press her daughter got her sunburn from being outside on a recent warm day. New Jersey state law prohibits anyone under 14 from using tanning salons.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Tanned Mom Charged

    Patricia Krentcil, 44, center, walks out of Essex County Superior Court with her lawyer John Caruso, right, after court appearance on charges of child endangerment, Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in Newark, N.J. Krentcil is accused of taking her 5-year-old child into a tanning booth. Krentcil tells The Associated Press her daughter got her sunburn from being outside on a recent warm day. New Jersey state law prohibits anyone under 14 from using tanning salons.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Tanned Mom Charged

    Patricia Krentcil, 44, walks out of Essex County Superior Court after court appearance on charges of child endangerment, Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in Newark, N.J. Krentcil is accused of taking her 5-year-old child into a tanning booth. Krentcil tells The Associated Press her daughter got her sunburn from being outside on a recent warm day. New Jersey state law prohibits anyone under 14 from using tanning salons.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Tanned Mom Charged

    Reporters talk to Patricia Krentcil, 44, center right, as she walks out of Essex County Superior Court after court appearance on charges of child endangerment, Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in Newark, N.J. Krentcil is accused of taking her 5-year-old child into a tanning booth. Krentcil tells The Associated Press her daughter got her sunburn from being outside on a recent warm day. New Jersey state law prohibits anyone under 14 from using tanning salons.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Tanning Mom's New Skin

    Patricia Krentcil -- also known as Tanning Mom -- was in Westchester, NY on Friday, Sept. 21 to show off her better-looking skin and promote the book she allegedly swears by, "The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin." During the event, she told The Huffington Post exclusively that Mitt Romney's now infamous "tan" is fake.

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