The chief public information officer for the Killeen Independent School District expressed remorse and asked for prayers from the community for her family after she was arrested in Waco on a misdemeanor charge after a domestic incident on Wednesday night.

Taina Maya, KISD chief of communications and marketing, was arrested by Waco police after a verbal argument with her husband at their home in Waco, during which she said that both she and her husband called the police in order to keep the argument from escalating.

Waco police confirmed Friday that Maya was arrested on Wednesday on a charge of assault-family violence.

Maya told the Herald on Friday that no one was physically injured during the incident.

“It’s really saddening,” she said. “It’s a really personal matter because it has to do with my marriage and my family. It’s unfortunate that our emotions got the best of us because this is not who we are: we love each other and our children.”

Maya was hired by the district last year after she became known as the morning anchorwoman for local TV news channel KWTX.

She said that she immediately notified the Killeen school district about the arrest, even though the charge is not among the “reportable offenses” that requires an employee to notify the district.

Reportable offenses in the district include driving while intoxicated or criminal allegations involving children.

“Dr. (John) Craft is aware, because I try to be open and transparent with people in the community and in the district,” she said.

Maya said that she and her husband are talking with an attorney about getting the charge dropped.

“This just makes my heart hurt and we’re asking for prayers and grace and mercy,” Maya said.

Superintendent Craft told the Herald in an email on Friday that he had been informed about the incident.

“All KISD employees are accountable for his or her public conduct, even when he or she is not acting as a district employee,” Craft said. “However, based on the information available at this time, the events leading to Ms. Maya’s arrest occurred in the privacy of her home. While the district does not condone domestic violence of any type, it does strive to respect the privacy of its employees.”

Maya was hired as KISD’s chief communications and marketing director and began work in July 2019.

Maya’s starting annual salary at KISD was $136,800, according to the district.

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O tay then

I know Raina, I was her next door neighbor for years. Every relationship has problems. Tiana is a good woman what gives you the right to run her down??? You are the one who is over paid because in your line of work I would expect proper english and you type in all capital letters? Are you seven or something? Perhaps you should look for another job.... Or quit drinking and going off at the mouth like you have cranial rectomitus with an over flow of diarrhea of the mouth.

Ebby

Oh I'm not turning my caps off I want you to know you are very over paid law breaking kids employee now.

Ebby

Really WOW I AM BEYOND ANGER I LIKE TO ADDRESS A FEW THINGS .FIRST OFF.PEOPLE DO NOT GET ARESSTED FOR ARGUMENTS .THEY ONLY GET ARRESTED FOR BREAKING A LAW.AS IN PUTTING HANDS ON A PERSON OUT OF ANGER..I DO KNOW NOBODY GOES JAIL FOR HAVING A ARGUMENT LOLOL SMH.AND WE TAX PAYERS UNDER CRAFT ARE PAYING OVER 136.000 ON THIS GIRLS

KISD EMPLOYEES IN ITS HISTORY ,,CRAFT, YOU READING THIS??? I LIKE TO ASK A QUESTION .CRAFT HOW WAS IT AFTER YOUR MMMMMM WELL I BETTER WAIT FOR I SAY OTHER THINGS CRAFT BUT .BACK TO QUESTION HOW IS IT THAT AFTER YOUR VERY CLOSE FRIEND MAYA HAS A RUN IN ON THE LAW .AND YOU KNOW YOUR GOING HAVE TO ANSWER QUESTION, CRAFT ABOUT THE INCIDENT THAT YOU IMPLEMENT A ENTIRE NEW REVISED EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK THE VERY NEXT DAY AFTER YOUR FRIENDS ARESST?

cz144

LOT OF PEOPLE WANT CRAFT TO ANSWERE THEES FEW QUESTIONS .PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO WONDER IF HE LIKES TO SEE HER IN HIS OFFICE MORE OFTEN.

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