Mormon TikTok influencer Taylor Frankie Paul could face upgraded assault charges and an additional misdemeanour charge of reckless child abuse stemming from her arrest last week, Utah authorities said Friday.
The 28-year-old MumToker, who grabbed headlines last year for revealing she’s a “soft swinger,” was arrested on three misdemeanour charges — assault, criminal mischief and domestic violence in the presence of a child — following the February 17 incident, Herriman police said.
In a statement released Friday, police said detectives turned over new video footage to the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office so that prosecutors can weigh felony assault charges, NY Postreported.
“This evidence also suggests that during the incident, Ms. Paul’s minor child was injured by an action of Ms. Paul,” the statement read.
“Subsequently, our investigators are also screening a misdemeanour charge of reckless child abuse with the District Attorney’s Office.”
The Post has contacted Paul and the District Attorney’s Office for comment.
Paul shares a five-year-old daughter, Indy, and a two-year-old son, Ocean, with ex-husband Tate Paul. It’s unclear which child was allegedly injured. Police declined further comment, citing an active investigation.
“Ms. Paul’s status as a social media influencer has no bearing or impact on the investigation or outcome of this case. All allegations of domestic violence are investigated thoroughly and in accordance with state law and established criminal justice best practices to protect victims and ensure accountability,” the police statement continued.
“The Herriman City Police Department will not release the names or other information about the victims, their status or condition, or statements made by them during this investigation.”
Paul sparked scandal in May 2022 when she revealed she and Tate were supposed “swingers,” swapping partners within her close-knit circle of influencer friends with limitations. She confessed she went “too far” with someone’s spouse, and Tate filed for divorce.
Later, she started dating Dakota Mortensen, 30, who told the Daily Mail on Thursday he was “not even allowed to speak with her” following her arrest. She was released from jail Saturday morning, records show.
Mortensen didn’t share details of the incident, but said he and Paul “didn’t argue,” and she “never hurt anyone intentionally.”
“I’m going to wait for everything to come out before I speak on it,” Mortensen added.
The Post contacted Mortensen for comment.
Paul is part of the MumTok community — mums who have found fame on TikTok, a subgroup of which are Mormon. She has opened up in recent months about her struggle with depression, anxiety and extreme weight loss in the wake of the shocking “soft swinging” scandal.
She last posted to Instagram, where she has 264,000 followers, on Feb. 7. She boasts 4 million followers on TikTok, where she posted a week ago.
This story originally appeared on the NY Post and was reproduced with permission
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