A Georgian woman is remembered as a hero after putting her baby in a toilet to protect her from their abuser after taking a fatal shot to the head.
The woman’s mother, Teresa Ionniello, told WSB radio the abusive relationship between her daughter, 33-year old Jessica Arrendale, and 30-year old Antoine Davis was nothing new.
The tragedy happened after the couple went out with their 6-month old daughter, Colbie. According to Ionniello, Davis was very drunk and became terribly abusive. He chased Arrendale up three flights of stairs. Holding her baby, Arrendale tried to defend herself with a baseball bat, but she was overpowered by the Iraqi vet’s brute strength.
She locked herself and the baby in the bathroom, but Davis stormed in the door with an assault rifle in his hand.
“He shot her and they (police) don’t know how she was able to twist her body and fall literally in the opposite direction,” Ionniello said.
Ionniello told WSB news that her daughter somehow managed to drop baby Colbie into the toilet bowl and fell over the top, where Davis couldn’t reach her. They still don’t know how she managed to do that with a gunshot wound to the head. Her mother attributes it to “pure will.”
Ionniello believes Davis planned on shooting both of them, but he couldn’t see the baby because Arrendale’s body covered her.
“She was the hero,” Ionniello said, “because her last breath was saving the child.”
After shooting Arrendale, Davis walked into the baby’s room and committed suicide.
The baby was found in the toilet bowl, covered by her mother’s body 13 hours later. She suffered a head injury and is currently at the Children’s Health Care of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Hospital.
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