44-year-old Patricia Krentcil is one of the TANNEST WOMEN we've ever seen.  She lives in New Jersey of course . . . Nutley, New Jersey.  To try to describe her, I'd say it looks like a blonde woman who went swimming in a pool of chocolate.

And she was recently arrested and charged with child endangerment when her five-year-old daughter showed up to school with a SUNBURN . . . and told her friends that she, quote, "went tanning with mommy."

Patricia says she didn't take her five-year-old with her into a tanning booth . . . but did take her to the tanning salon.  Quote, "I tan, she doesn't tan.  I'm in the booth, she's in the room.  There's tons of moms that bring their children in."

She says her daughter got that sunburn from actually playing out in the sun.

Patricia is currently out on bail.  Now make sure to head to our website to gasp at her insanely tan photo.