GEORGIA (PIX11) – A 33-year-old mother is being hailed a hero for using her final breath to save her 6-month-old daughter from the girl’s violent father, according to WS Radio in Georgia.
The victim’s mother, Teresa Inniello, spoke exclusively with the radio station to detail her daughter’s selfless, almost miraculous final moments that ensured her baby would survive a violent night at their home.
It started about midnight Sunday in the Oakdale Bluffs subdivision.
A Marine who served in Iraq, Antoine Davis allegedly became belligerently drunk and abusive.
He allegedly chased Jessica Arrendale, who was holding their young daughter in her arms, up the stairs of her three-story townhome in the middle of the night last Sunday.
Arrendale tried to fend him off with a baseball bat, but the suspect grabbed the bat and allegedly beat her with it.
In the chaos, the baby may have been struck by the weapon, her grandmother said, adding that young Colbie suffered a traumatic head injury during the violent ordeal.
Arrendale ran into a bathroom and locked the door, but Davis managed to burst through, armed with an assault rifle outfitted with a suppressor. He allegedly shot the young mother in her head.
“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.
Instead of falling to the floor, Arrendale slumped over the toilet. The move dropped her baby into the bowl. Her mother’s lifeless body lay on top of Colbie, shielding her from her father’s view.
Arrendale’s mother believes it was no coincidence.
“She had pure will,” Ionniello said. “She wanted that baby to live.”
Davis then left the bathroom, walked into his daughter’s room and shot himself, police said.
Police were called to the home but were hesitant to rush inside, fearing that a surprise ambush may spark further violence. They were unaware that Arrendale and Davis were already dead.
After 13 hours inside the toilet, the baby was finally found by police officers. She remained at a hospital late this week and the plan is for her to live with her maternal grandmother when she’s ready to return home.