Mom killed trying to protect baby, who survived 13 hours hidden in toilet

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SMYRNA, Ga. (WITI) — A Georgia mother’s final sacrifice saved the life of her 6-month-old daughter as the girl’s father allegedly attacked her.

33-year-old Jessica Arrendale was out with 30-year-old Antoine Davis, the father of their daughter, on Saturday night when the former Marine became “belligerently drunk and abusive” according to WSB.

Later that night Davis allegedly chased Arrendale, who was holding their daughter, up the stairs of her three-story townhome in the middle of the night. Authorities say Arrendale used a baseball bat to defend herself, but was overpowered by Davis, who struck her several times with the bat, Arrendale’s mother, Teresa Ionniello told WSB.

In the chaos, Ionniello says the baby may have also been struck by the bat because she has a traumatic head injury.

During the violent ordeal, Arrendale ran into the bathroom and locked the door. Police say Davis, armed with an assault rifle, burst through the door and shot Arrendale in the head as she held their daughter, Colbie.

Arrendale somehow fell over the toilet, dropping Colbie into the water-filled bowl. Arrendale’s lifeless body shielded the baby from Davis’ view.

“He shot her and (the police) don’t know how she was able to twist her body and fall literally in the opposite direction,” Ionniello told WSB.

“She had pure will,” Ionniello said. “She wanted that baby to live.”

Davis then left the bathroom and shot himself.

When authorities arrived on scene they were hesitant to rush the house, not knowing the circumstances inside.

The baby spend 13 hours in the toilet before being found by police officers.

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.



  • Shawndra Price-Carzola

    It’s called PTSD Marine’s and Army folks have been so lost cuz of this ling senseless war, and the VS has been no help. The stick them down with depression meds, GUESS WHAT FOLKS THE DRUGS MAKE THEM KILL. They become paranoid see things that are not ther. So look up all thoses drugs that make them kill, yes they do! Fact.

  • Mich

    how dare you say those horrible things!! She attempted to defend herself and her child, would you have been brave enough to do the same?

    • Go Tides!

      You don’t have to be brave to defend your own kids, you just do it. Not only would I be braver than her, I’d be smarter too. I would have shot the suicide-murderer with my own gun. Remember ladies, guns are the great equalizer. Get armed, get trained, don’t rely on government protection.

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