A popular Utah TikTok influencer was arrested last week in a domestic violence incident that unfolded in front of her 5-year-old daughter.
Taylor Frankie Paul 28, was arrested for assault, criminal mischief, and domestic violence in the presence of a child. Investigators said later they are seeking a misdemeanor charge of reckless child abuse from the district attorney’s office.
According to KSL, a neighbor called 911 at about 11 p.m. on February 17 after hearing yelling and screaming from inside Paul’s home. The neighbor reported seeing a “female walking back and forth between the house and a white truck parked outside on the street,” an arrest affidavit said.
A Herriman police officer who responded to the call heard yelling inside the home as well. Paul and man she lived with answered the door, the officer wrote.
“Both started talking to me at the doorway. When I inquired about the circumstances and (the man) started to explain, I observed (Paul) lunge at (the man) and began pushing/hitting him,” the officer wrote.
Officers separated the two and determined Paul was the “primary aggressor” in the dispute. They wrote that she hit the man “multiple times and threw several household objects at him, including metal chairs and a wooden child playset.”
The man complained of elbow pain and said Paul damaged his truck when she threw a child’s playset.
Herriman Police said on Friday they had received “additional video evidence” that they referred to the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office “for screening of felony assault charges.” Formal charges had not been filed as of Friday.
“This evidence also suggests that during the incident, Ms. Paul’s minor child was injured by an action of Ms. Paul. Subsequently, our investigators are also screening a misdemeanor charge of reckless child abuse with the district attorney’s office,” police said.
Paul’s TikTok channel has 4 million followers and describes her as a divorced mother of two. She promotes beauty and household products on her videos while talking about her life and family.
The Mormon influencer revealed last year that she and her husband engaged in “soft swinging” that led to their divorce, the New York Post reported.
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[Featured image: Taylor Frankie Paul/TikTok]