Mother murdered protecting baby who survived 13 hours in toilet

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SMYRNA, Ga. – A Georgia family is mourning the loss of their loved one and hailing her as a hero after she died protecting her 6-month-old baby.

WSB reported Jessica Arrendale, 33, was out with her husband, 30-year-old Antoine Davis, when the former Marine and Iraq war veteran became “belligerently drunk and abusive.”

Officials said later that night Arrendale locked herself and her 6-month-old baby in the bathroom.

GA mom killed Arrendale

Jessica Arrendale Credit: Leslie Tidwell Jordan via WGHP

That was after police said she tried to defend herself and her baby with a baseball bat.

The report states Davis overpowered her and hit her with the bat while she was holding her daughter.

Police said he also may have hit the baby in the process; the child had a traumatic head injury.

According to police, Davis broke through the bathroom door and shot Arrendale in the head with a rifle.

Officers went to the home but were unable to contact anyone inside.

They said they didn’t rush into the home because they were concerned their actions might spark violence.

Lawmen didn’t know the mother was dead and Davis had turned the gun on himself hours before.

When police got into the home, they found the mother shot to death in the bathroom.

Her body was covering her baby who had survived in the toilet for about 13 hours.

Arrendale’s relatives said they believe Davis would have shot the baby as well if she wasn’t protected by her mother’s body.

Officials said the baby is being treated for the head injury and hypothermia.

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.

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  • Sparky

    Thats to bad. She was gorgeous…a lady and a scholar.

    On the issue of it being the governments fault:
    Coming back mentally unstable, homeless, and unaccustomed to the real world is indeed a real thing. However I believe he was to far gone to seek mental health if he’s at the stage of getting drunk and killing his family and himself. Even if his wife recommended it, he wouldn’t have gone, it may have just sped the process up. Or maybe she did, we will never know what they argued about. Whatever be the case, and as much as I am not a fan of the government, there’s a limit of blame we can put on others or society before we can just chalk it down to the dude being a psychopath.

  • Wendy

    RA, I think that I got the gist of the story. Sounds like she was holding the bat and the child hoping to scare him away, but he was able to just take the bat from her because she wasn’t able to use it and defend her child at the same time. Both the child and her were hit after that, we don’t know how hard and where he hit his wife to speculate she was unable to move any further. She after that hid in the bathroom and I believe as be broke into the bathroom, out of pure desperation, she put her child in the toilet and threw her body over it to protect her child.

    • Jeff

      What God? The God who allowed this to happen? That’s like watching a fight first and then punishing afterward. Usually punishment is to stop someone from doing something again. If you’re dead, how could punishment justify the reasoning? Christians always have an idiotic reason to assume their God will answer the problem. It’s too late for punishment as the killer has succeeded and is now dead. He can never kill again so punishment assumes an afterlife which the very word afterlife is an oxymoron. Next time just save your comment to something constructive.

      • Jon

        I feel sad for you. You live in a world where God isn’t a loving Heavenly Father that allows us to make our own choices. You seem to think that because he doesn’t swoop in and take control of the situation and force us to live righteously that He doesn’t love us. That’s incorrect my friend. He is orchestrating all and His purposes will be accomplished no matter what man endeavors to do or how man may fight against Him. I think it’s time you spend some time on your knees and get to know Him.

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