SMYRNA, Ga. — A Georgia mom is being hailed as a hero, spending her last moments alive protecting her 6-month-old baby.
According to WGHP, 33-year-old Jessica Arrendale was with her husband, 30-year-old Antoine Davis, Saturday night when the former Marine grew violent and abusive.
Davis grabbed a gun, and ran after Arrendale, who took her baby daughter and locked themselves in a bathroom. But police told WGHP that Davis was set on destruction, and broke down the bathroom door and shot Arrendale in the head.
Police called to the scene by neighbors did not immediately enter the home, fearing their actions could harm Arrendale, as it was unknown if she was alive or dead. But when they finally entered the home, they found Arrendale dead in the bathroom, leaned over the toilet.
Inside the toilet, police said, they found the baby girl, apparently hidden there by her mother as a last act. The mother’s body was partially covering the baby, police said.
Davis was found dead in another room in the house from a gunshot wound.
Arrendale’s family believes Davis would have also shot the baby, had it not been for her mother’s last act to hide her.
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.