Mother killed trying to protect baby who survived 13 hours in toilet

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As she lay dying, a Georgia mother final actions saved the life of her 6-month-old daughter Cobie.

According to WSB, 33-year-old Jessica Arrendale was out with Cobie’s father, 30-year-old Antoine Davis, on Saturday night when the former Marine reportedly became “belligerently drunk and abusive.”

Police say Arrendale tried to defend herself with a baseball bat, but was overpowered by Davis, who struck her several times with the bat. Cobie may have also been struck by the bat — she suffered a traumatic head injury, WSB reports.

Later that night, Arrendale locked herself and Cobie in a bathroom. Davis got his gun, an assault rifle outfitted with a suppressor, and burst into the bathroom.  Arrendale was still holding Cobie in her arms when Davis shot her in the head, WSB reports.

Instead of falling onto the floor, Arrendale fell over the toilet, dropping little Cobie into the toilet bowl.

Family members believe Davis intended to kill both Arrendale and his daughter, but since he was unable to see the child inside the toilet bowl, covered by Arrendale’s body, he left the bathroom.

Investigators say after Davis shot Arrendale in the head, he went to the baby’s room and shot himself in the head and died.

WSB reports that the baby remained in the toilet, covered by her mother’s body, for 13 hours before officers finally stormed the townhouse and rescued her.

A gofundme page has been set up to help care for Arrendale’s four surviving children.

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  • Rikki

    Oh God, that poor woman. Bless her for defending her baby until her last breath.
    Really? Her “for surviving children?”

  • Kenneth Ray Rinderhagen

    why is it the Marines have been so stupidly killing themselves and their loved ones and the foreign threats have such a advantage over american war far. is time to close out the Marine branch and produce a better more sophisticated training for human development and defense

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