Jessica Arrendale hides her baby after her ex-boyfriend fatally shoots her, and the story of this heroic mother is now causing buzz on the Internet. Arrendale returned home after an outing earlier this month and things became violent with Antoine Davis. People Magazine shared this woman’s story on Sept. 20.
Jessica Arrendale had no idea when she returned home with her infant daughter that she was moments away from the end of her life. When she returned home that night, an argument began between her and Antoine Davis. Two of his children were home at the time, and the mother of one of his daughters told police that Davis looked at her in the eye for several moments without saying one word; according The Spread It. Reports revealed that the man was intoxicated on the night of the incident.
During the argument, Arrendale tried to fight off Davis. She used a baseball bat, but she was no match for him. He grabbed the bat and hit her with it. He even struck the infant she held in her arms. The woman ran through their home, and she barricaded herself in the third floor bathroom. Davis managed to break that door down, and he shot her in the head. In her final moments, the young mother shifted her body so she could cover the body of her infant daughter in the toilet. The move baffled police. Davis shot and killed himself after shooting Arrendale.
Arrendale’s mother spoke about the miracle save with the press. She said the following, according to Travelers Today:
“He shot her and they don’t know how she was able to twist her body and fall literally in the opposite direction. She had pure will. She wanted the baby to live. She was the hero because her last breath was saving the child.”
There is more to this story. The Spread It reported that the couple had recently split, and there was a custody battle over the infant. Davis was a former Marine who fought in Iraq, and Tamaira Chesley, the mother of his two other children, told the press that the man suffered from depression since his return from Iraq. The custody battle only made his depression worse.
Police found Cobie, Arrendale’s daughter, in the toilet nearly 13 hours later. There was a stand off that long that had those in the same neighborhood concerned for their own safety. Once authorities made it inside the home they found the two bodies and the infant inside the toilet. Davis used a suppressor on his gun that muffled the sound of the two gunshots. Police took the infant to Children’s Health Care of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Hospital. There, hospital staff treated her for a head injury from the bat and hypothermia.
Arrendale’s mother currently raises her 15-year-old granddaughter, and she plans to raise Cobie as well. The woman believes that the man would have shot the infant if her daughter had not hid her the way she did. Others believe that the man might have thrown her in the toilet himself because he could not shoot the infant.
Services for Arrendale were held on Sunday in Georgia, and the family started a Go Fund Me account to help her mother raise her two orphaned children. Today, that account has raised over $19,000. It is clear that Arrendale is a heroic mother. If she had not covered her infant’s body in the toilet, there is a chance Davis could have shot the infant as well before turning on the gun on himself. It is not known just how severely her infant was injured by the bat that struck her during the attack on her mother. Head injuries of any kind can have a lasting impact on a person.
As a former Marine, it is likely he suffered from PTSD due to his experience in Iraq. According to a recent study, 20% of military personnel that spent time in Iraq and Afghanistan experienced symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder following their return. Davis’ ex did mention his depression since his return home, and the strange behavior his daughter mentioned before the attack that night would point to a PTSD issue. This does not justify his actions earlier this month. A young infant is without her mother today.