TikTok star Marrissa Cloutier, 24, has been charged with child neglect after her Florida neighbors reported seeing her 5-year-old son outside alone after 10 p.m. this week.
Cloutier, who has 2.2 million followers on TikTok as “Digitalprincxss” and is also well-known for her Twitch streams, allegedly left her son alone Tuesday night for more than an hour, the Fort Myers New-Press reported. Neighbors called police after seeing the boy outside crying, and police said multiple bodies of water in the area, wildlife, and vehicular traffic made it particularly dangerous for him to be alone.
The 24-year-old has been charged with neglect of a child without great bodily harm.
Officers who arrived on the scene to take the call found no one home. They located Cloutier’s cell phone on paperwork in the house and telephoned. She told them she was six minutes away and told officers she had run to a 7-Eleven store 15 minutes away to get laundry detergent after putting the boy down for the night.
But when she arrived back at her home, Cloutier was wearing a black mini-dress and full make-up, “attire not conducive to a late night run to a convenience store,” police wrote in their report. Additionally, the laundry detergent container was half empty and Cloutier had no receipt for such a purchase. She also told police she had no family in the area to look after the boy and that she had moved to Florida from Colorado because she was being harassed by fans.
But, the police report said, after officers read her Miranda rights, Cloutier admitted that she had left the boy alone to meet a friend several miles away. She told officers she “made a mistake” and was “selfish,” the police report said.
And then she said that her mother, aunt, and cousin all live in the area. Cloutier’s mother was called in to take custody of the boy.
The News-Press said that Cloutier discussed the arrest in a now-deleted video on TikTok, telling fans “not to believe everything you read on the internet” and saying that reports of the incident are “very out of context.”
Cloutier, who previously went by “Pokeprincxss” online until Nintendo issued a cease and desist order over copyright issues for products she was selling, is scheduled for arraignment on September 27.
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[Featured image: Marrissa “Digitalprincxss” Cloutier/Lee County Sheriff’s Office]