Dan Callister/Pacific Coast News
05/04/2012 at 09:00 AM EDT
Patricia Krentcil, the slender, leathery New Jersey mom who's pleaded not guilty to bringing her 6-year-old daughter into a tanning bed
with her, is heatedly lashing out at those who may criticize her look.
"They're jealous, they're fat and they're ugly," Krentcil, 44, told TMZ
, after saying that "there's somebody out there my whole life who doesn't like me."
She agreed with the reporter's suggestion that she is the victim of a witch hunt, and once again proclaimed her innocence in the matter that has gained national attention.
"I'm a great mother, and I would never do that to my child," Krentcil said while loading her shopping into a car.
Krentcil's daughter, 6, apparently showed up to school one day with a sunburn, telling friends she went tanning with her mom. But Krentcil – whose skin is an unnatural shade of dark brown as a result of bronzing under lights – says the whole thing is "preposterous."