Georgia mother killed trying to protect baby who survived 13 hours in toilet

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SMYRNA, Ga. — A mother is being hailed a hero by her family who say she tragically died protecting her 6-month-old baby.

According to WSB, 33-year-old Jessica Arrendale was out with her husband, 30-year-old Antoine Davis, on Saturday night when the former Marine reportedly became “belligerently drunk and abusive.”

Arrendale’s mother said that this was not the first time.

Police say later that night, Davis chased Arrendale up the stairs of their three-story town home. She tried to defend herself with a baseball bat but she was overpowered by the former serviceman. He struck her several times with the bat.

Arrendale reportedly locked herself and her baby daughter inside an upstairs bathroom.

Police say Davis, armed with a rifle, burst through the door and shot Arrendale in the head.

Police later responded but unable to contact anyone inside the townhouse, they were reluctant to rush the house, concerned their actions might spark violence.

When they finally went inside the home, police found Arrendale shot to death in the bathroom. Her body was partially covering the baby who had been inside the toilet for approximately 13 hours.

Investigators are not quite sure how, but the mother was able to twist her body in such a way that the infant dropped into the water filled toilet bowl.

Arrendale’s family believes Davis would have also shot the baby, but she was hidden behind her mother’s body.

The baby was treated for hypothermia and is currently in DFACS custody.

Davis was found in another room, dead from a gunshot wound.

Investigators believe Davis shot Arrendale in the head, then shot himself.

Friends and family have set up a gofundme page to help offset the cost of the funeral and aid in the education of Arrendale’s children.

Source: WSB


  • Nuclear Mike

    This is the “other cost” of war more than likely that so many of our veterans’ Families have to deal with and suffer such outcomes…when we send our people to war we have to commit to do ALL we can when they come home from all the combat & training they endured.

  • TC

    The light that once shined through this lady can now only shine through those that loved her. Honor her and her sacrifice, that’s the best legacy anyone can hope for. So sad… As for the POS that did this horrible thing, hell might just not be deep enough.

  • kelly

    This is another example of how sad mental illness REALLY is and men and woman in an abusive relationship need to find the courage to get out and LEAVE before something catastrophic happens, how awful for this child, but so very blessed to have such a brave mother,RIP Jessica , our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to you and your husband’s family at this time…. <3

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