New details have been released about the domestic violence case against “soft swinging” TikTok influencer Taylor Frankie Paul, who was arrested earlier this month after a heated argument with her boyfriend turned physical.
Taylor Frankie Paul, 28, was arrested for assault, criminal mischief, and domestic violence in the presence of a child, as CrimeOnline previously reported. Investigators said later they were seeking a misdemeanor charge of reckless child abuse from the district attorney’s office after receiving “additional video evidence” of the incident.
On Tuesday, Paul was formally charged with two counts of domestic violence in the presence of a child, aggravated assault, criminal mischief, and child abuse, according to court records obtained by Buzzfeed News.
Those documents reveal that Paul and her boyfriend, Dakota Mortensen, engaged in a heated argument in the presence of Paul’s children. Mortensen attempted to leave, but Paul threw her phone and a wooden playset at him.
The two continued to argue, and Paul threw “heavy, metal chairs” at Mortensen, leaving holes in the wall, police said. Mortensen pointed out her five year-old daughter next to him on the couch and told her to stop throwing things, but she threw a stool, hitting the 5-year-old and leaving a painful bump on her head.
Investigators wrote that the little girl can be heard crying after she’s hit with the stool in video evidence, which also shows Paul kicking Mortensen, putting him in a chokehold, and hitting him.
“Dakota reported feeling scared for his life,” the affidavit said. “Dakota was observed with redness and swelling around his eyes, swelling on his elbow, scratches on his fingers, and a laceration on his neck.”
Paul has 4 million followers on TikTok, where she regularly opines about her Mormon mom life and features the her two children. She now shares custody of the children with her ex-husband after they divorced last year when she revealed their “soft swinging” lifestyle and admitted she “stepped out of that agreement.”
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[Featured image: Taylor Frankie Paul/TikTok]