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Jessica Arrendale

SMYRNA, Ga. — A Georgia mother tragically died while trying to protect her 6-month-old child in a domestic violence case.

According to WSB, Jessica Arrendale, 33, was out with Antoine Davis, 30, the father of their daughter, last Saturday night when the former Marine reportedly became “belligerently drunk and abusive.”

Baby Colbie.

Baby Colbie.

Arrendale went up the stairs of her townhouse and tried defending herself with a baseball bat, but Davis struck her several times with the bat, Arrendale’s mother, Teresa Ionniello told WSB.

Arrendale was clutching 6-month-old Colbie, who might have been hit by the bat because she has a traumatic head injury. Somehow, Arrendale was able to lock herself in the bathroom, but Davis got his assault rifle, burst into the bathroom and shot Arrendale in the head as she held on to Colbie.

“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.

Ionniello said Arrendale somehow fell over the toilet, dropping Colbie into the water-filled bowl.

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

Ionniello said she believes Davis wanted to kill Arrendale and the baby but when he didn’t see the child inside the bowl partially covered by Arrendale’s body, he left the room and shot himself.

“She was the hero,” Ionniello said, “because her last breath was saving the child.”

When police arrived they didn’t want to rush the house, not knowing the circumstances inside. The baby remained in the toilet for 13 hours before officers stormed inside.

Colbie is being treated at Children’s Health Care of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Hospital, and Ionniello hopes to bring her home soon.

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. Nearly $11,000 has been raised as of Friday morning.



  • Wesley Horton

    “I have to wonder how, “Antoine” managed to obtain the “assault weapon” as a history of domestic abuse is an automatic disqualifier for purchase or possession of a firearm? More importantly, to the anti-gun crowd, Please tell me the one “commonsense” law that would have prevented this, short of a total ban, which I seriously don’t understand how anyone can be so naive. (Are the police going to go door to door and search everyone’s homes for firearms? ) That is 270 to 310 MILLION firearms. . .Remember prisons can’t even stop cell phones from getting in, so what sort of police state do you think would be acceptable?

    • Anonymous

      You can buy any kinda gun you want off the street. But she is a hero protecting her child like that! Thank God she didn’t die from hypothermia

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