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Woman says boxer Jermain Taylor threatened to kill her children

Boxer Jermain Taylor
Boxer Jermain Taylor AP

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A Little Rock woman says middleweight boxing champion Jermain Taylor pointed a gun at her 5-, 3-, and 1-year-old children, threatened kill them and her husband, and fired into the air.

Taylor – who already faces charges in an August shooting in Maumelle, Arkansas – was arrested shortly after the incident Monday and is jailed on charges of aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a minor and drug possession.

Toya Smith of Little Rock told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that Taylor became enraged when her 5-year-old son dropped the boxer’s championship belt that he had taken to the Martin Luther King Day parade.

A Little Rock police report says Taylor was arrested without incident and a gun was recovered. Taylor’s attorneys did not immediately return phone calls for comment Tuesday.