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Nicole Austin | Nicole Austin with her daughters | Source: TikTok/theaustins_1
Nicole Austin | Nicole Austin with her daughters | Source: TikTok/theaustins_1

Mom of 4 Faces Police in Her Home after Her Videos Go Viral — People Rally in Her Defense

Ayesha Muhammad
Jun 20, 2024
01:45 P.M.

When Nicole Austin began sharing her family's everyday life on social media, she never anticipated it would lead to something unpleasant. However, her candid posts soon drew unexpected attention, leading to a dramatic and unsettling visit that left her family in shock.

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Nicole, a 25-year-old mother of four, regularly shares clips of her messy house to highlight the realities of managing a household with children. However, she faced an unexpected ordeal when police officers arrived at her home.

Nicole Austin shares her thoughts on someone sending the police to her house on the grounds of child neglect, as seen in a clip dated June 12, 2024 | Source: TikTok/@theaustins_1

Nicole Austin shares her thoughts on someone sending the police to her house on the grounds of child neglect, as seen in a clip dated June 12, 2024 | Source: TikTok/@theaustins_1

Nicole, who resides in Worthing, West Sussex, has been creating content online since March 2024. Her honest portrayal of her daily life quickly amassed a following of over 19,000. However, with this visibility came criticism and trolling.

The situation escalated when a TikTok user reported Nicole to the police, claiming her messy house was indicative of child neglect. However, the visit from the police has sparked a wave of support for Nicole, with many rallying in her support.

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Nicole Austin shares her thoughts on someone sending the police to her house on the grounds of child neglect, as seen in a clip dated June 12, 2024 | Source: TikTok/@theaustins_1

Nicole Austin shares her thoughts on someone sending the police to her house on the grounds of child neglect, as seen in a clip dated June 12, 2024 | Source: TikTok/@theaustins_1

Nicole described the harrowing experience in a TikTok video in early June. "One of you guys sent the police to our door. You heard me, yes. [You] sent the police to our door for a children's welfare check," she explained.

"They came under the grounds of child neglect. I can't believe it, I'm gobsmacked. The police knocking on our door at 8:00 at night whilst our children are in bed trying to go to sleep," she continued.

Nicole Austin shares her thoughts on someone sending the police to her house on the grounds of child neglect, as seen in a clip dated June 12, 2024 | Source: TikTok/@theaustins_1

Nicole Austin shares her thoughts on someone sending the police to her house on the grounds of child neglect, as seen in a clip dated June 12, 2024 | Source: TikTok/@theaustins_1

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The police spent nearly two hours examining the living conditions and speaking with each child at Nicole's home. "Do you guys understand how traumatizing that is for my children? We've had our house raided twice. We've gone through a lot," she mused.

"We've had multiple referrals to social services. We've now obviously had the police come to our door. Now luckily, they checked our children who were tucked up in bed in a tiny bedroom in a bit of a messy but clean home — a normal household," she further stated.

Nicole Austin shares her thoughts on someone sending the police to her house on the grounds of child neglect, as seen in a clip dated June 12, 2024 | Source: TikTok/@theaustins_1

Nicole Austin shares her thoughts on someone sending the police to her house on the grounds of child neglect, as seen in a clip dated June 12, 2024 | Source: TikTok/@theaustins_1

Despite the lengthy and invasive check, the officers found no cause for concern. They reassured Nicole by taking her phone number for future reference, should similar reports occur again.

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However, the incident left a lasting impact on the family. "It was traumatizing. It was horrific. I was so scared and so upset and so shaken. None of my children went to bed until gone 10:00 p.m. on a school night because the police were in our house," Nicole recounted.

Nicole Austin is pictured cleaning her house, as seen in a clip dated June 4, 2024 | Source: TikTok/@theaustins_1

Nicole Austin is pictured cleaning her house, as seen in a clip dated June 4, 2024 | Source: TikTok/@theaustins_1

Nicole's TikTok videos often document the chaos of her daily life, including the challenges of keeping a house tidy with four children. In May 2024, she shared a video showing the state of her home and explaining her situation.

"We will get so much hate for this video but we need your help! Please engage, please follow. We will take you along on our journey with us. We will be recording the repairs, the painting, and DIY. It's going to be a complete transformation [sic]!" she said in the caption.

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Nicole Austin is pictured cleaning her kitchen, as seen in a clip dated June 4, 2024 | Source: TikTok/@theaustins_1

Nicole Austin is pictured cleaning her kitchen, as seen in a clip dated June 4, 2024 | Source: TikTok/@theaustins_1

In the video, Nicole detailed how her abusive ex had left the house in disarray before she moved in with her children. The video showed laundry covering the hallway, toys scattered in the living room, and dishes piled up in the kitchen.

The bedrooms were also cluttered, reflecting the difficulty of managing a two-bedroom house for six people. Despite these challenges, Nicole remained determined to improve her home's condition. And while her husband, who works full-time, also helps with the children, the task of keeping the house in order often falls on Nicole.

Nicole Austin is pictured cleaning her house, as seen in a clip dated June 4, 2024 | Source: TikTok/@theaustins_1

Nicole Austin is pictured cleaning her house, as seen in a clip dated June 4, 2024 | Source: TikTok/@theaustins_1

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She shared her plans to declutter and renovate their home to make it more livable for their children. "We are aware that the mess is on us. However, four kids in a two-bed [house] is a lot of stuff with nowhere to put it. We plan on changing this," she explained.

In response to comments questioning the police's prolonged presence, Nicole clarified the situation in another video. She explained that the officers took time to speak with each child individually, check the house for adequate food, and ensure the children's well-being.

Nicole Austin is pictured cleaning her house, as seen in a clip dated June 4, 2024 | Source: TikTok/@theaustins_1

Nicole Austin is pictured cleaning her house, as seen in a clip dated June 4, 2024 | Source: TikTok/@theaustins_1

Nicole noted how it took the police considerable time to speak to and record her children's statements regarding the allegations made. Her house also had poor signals, so the officers had to stand by the front door every time they needed to contact the authorities.

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The young mother continued to document her journey, sharing updates on her home's condition. In yet another video, she provided a "full house update" to her followers.

Nicole Austin's children playing, as seen in a clip dated June 1, 2024 | Source: TikTok/@theaustins_1

Nicole Austin's children playing, as seen in a clip dated June 1, 2024 | Source: TikTok/@theaustins_1

"Our house, formerly known as the 'filthy council house,' or the 'messiest house on TikTok,' now don't get me wrong, it's still quite messy and it looks like a work site at the moment, which is annoying. But it looks a hell of a lot better, so here is our full house update," she said, showing glimpses of the improved living space.

Despite the visible progress, Nicole acknowledged that trolls continued to report her to social services.

Nicole Austin's son playing, as seen in a clip dated June 1, 2024 | Source: TikTok/@theaustins_1

Nicole Austin's son playing, as seen in a clip dated June 1, 2024 | Source: TikTok/@theaustins_1

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"For all of you trolls that keep calling social services and calling the police, this is what our house currently looks like. A normal well lived in, loved home. A small UK council house with six people inside of it. I hope this video gives some of you trolls a bit of reassurance that our kids are not neglected," she stated.

In another clip, Nicole addressed accusations that she was failing her children by distinguishing between a dirty and a messy house.

Nicole Austin's daughter reading a book, as seen in a clip dated June 1, 2024 | Source: TikTok/@theaustins_1

Nicole Austin's daughter reading a book, as seen in a clip dated June 1, 2024 | Source: TikTok/@theaustins_1

The West Sussex resident said there were days when it took her some time to pick up the toys, fold the clothes, or do laundry, but that did not mean her house was covered in dirt or grime and unfit for living.

"How can people tell me I'm failing my children? My children are fed, clothed, and clean. They have every toy they could ask for, all their needs are met. I won't stand for anyone saying this to me over a bit of a mess in my house," said Nicole.

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Nicole Austin's son playing, as seen in a clip dated June 1, 2024 | Source: TikTok/@theaustins_1

Nicole Austin's son playing, as seen in a clip dated June 1, 2024 | Source: TikTok/@theaustins_1

Nicole's frustration with the relentless trolling and reports to social services was palpable. In a short video, she responded directly to the person who reported her, showcasing her children playing happily.

"My house may be a mess, my mental health might be all over the place, my life might be a rollercoaster but my kids are my life. And there is nothing in this world that could make me neglect them. How anyone can think that is beyond me," she asserted.

Nicole Austin's children playing on a slide, as seen in a clip dated June 1, 2024 | Source: TikTok/@theaustins_1

Nicole Austin's children playing on a slide, as seen in a clip dated June 1, 2024 | Source: TikTok/@theaustins_1

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The viral nature of Nicole's videos has brought her significant support from the online community. Many viewers expressed their sympathy and outrage at the way she was treated.

Commenters praised her for her honesty and resilience, encouraging her to continue sharing her journey. Some even offered practical advice and support for managing her household.

Although Nicole was clearly stressed about the mess in her house, many parents took to the comments to show their support and thanked her for sharing the reality of life with kids and mental health concerns.

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One person wrote, "I see very happy, beautiful children. That person should be ashamed of themselves, taking resources away from kids who actually need it. Hope your okay ❤️ [sic]." Another commented, "Try your hardest to just ignore them. You know you're a great mum."

"A messy house shows a happy house and shows you have fun there and someone lives there a house filled with love a clean house is a show house just to look at not to play in [sic]," penned a third.

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Meanwhile a fourth said, "They look perfectly healthy and happy to me good job momma [sic]." "You proved them wrong momma keep going 🥰[sic]," claimed a fifth.

Someone else added, "Not being funny mess doesn't matter as long as the kids are looked after, kids make so much mess it's unreal 😳❤️[sic]."

Nicole's story is a testament to the complexities of modern parenting and the scrutiny that comes with sharing one's life online. While the negative attention from trolls led to an invasive police visit, it also highlighted the supportive community that rallied around her.

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Indeed, Nicole's candid portrayal of her struggles and determination to improve her home serves as an inspiration to many facing similar challenges.

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A photo of Tara Bjork as seen in a video dated 28 May, 2024 | Source: TikTok/@t_bjork

A photo of Tara Bjork as seen in a video dated 28 May, 2024 | Source: TikTok/@t_bjork

Intrigued and amused, Bjork decided to capture the moment on her phone. She knew she wasn't supposed to film while at work and understood that posting the video online could lead to her dismissal. Yet, her curiosity and desire to share the hilarious incident outweighed her concerns.

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A picture of Tara Bjork as seen in a video dated 28 May, 2024 | Source: TikTok/@t_bjork

A picture of Tara Bjork as seen in a video dated 28 May, 2024 | Source: TikTok/@t_bjork

As she recorded the video, she worried about the possible outcome. On one hand, she thought that no one would notice the video at all, but on the other, she dreaded that it might go viral and bring unwanted backlash. What she didn't expect was how quickly the video would spread and the overwhelming response it would receive.

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