Jessica Arrendale, the murdered mom who hides her baby in a toilet. By now, you’ve certainly read about Jessica Arrendale, a beautiful 33-year-old mother who is being hailed as a hero after hiding her baby inside of a toilet bowl. The mother of two was shot in the head by a drunken and abusive ex-Marine, the father of her 6-month old baby girl Colbie, who was found by a police SWAT team inside of a toilet bowl.
On Sept. 21, we brought you this viral story:
Jessica Arrendale hides baby: Shot by ex-Marine, mom hides baby in toilet for 13 hours
Arrendale reportedly hid her infant baby at her townhouse home located at the 6200 block of Sawtooth Oak Court, in the Smyrna Vinings area of Cobb County, Georgia. Jessica, shot dead by her boyfriend (possibly her ex-boyfriend) and the father of her 6-month-old infant, is being credited with saving her daughter’s life by hiding her inside of a toilet bowl.
Reports initially said that Arrendale and Colbie’s farther, 30-year-old Antoine Davis, returned home from an evening out last Sunday. However, news outlets are now stating that the ex-Marine, who served two tours in Iraq, was involved in a bitter custody dispute for Colbie, and came into Arrendale’s townhouse early Sunday morning at approximately 1 a.m.
Davis, who according to Arrendale’s family was physically abusive to her, was allegedly drunk, and chased Jessica up the stairs while she was holding Colbie. Inside of the home were Davis’ other two daughters from a former marriage – ages 9 and 10.
Arrendale locked herself inside of a bathroom with a baseball bat in one hand, their infant in the other. A rampaging Davis however returned with an assault rifle fitted with a silencer, broke open the door, and after beating Jessica, shot her dead with a gunshot wound to the head. Police found Davis dead in a bedroom from a self-inflicted gunshot, and later found Colbie inside of the toilet bowl, suffering from hypothermia.
This is where the stories diverge. Teresa Inniello, Arrendale’s mother, was the first to report that her daughter, after being shot, dropped Colbie inside of the toilet bowl.
“He shot her and (the police) don’t know how she was able to twist her body and fall literally in the opposite direction,” Inniello said. “She had pure will. She wanted that baby to live. She was the hero because her last breath was saving the child.”
Writes the SpreadIt:
The murderer’s former wife and the mother of his two oldest daughters, Tamaira Chesley, told local media that since leaving the Marine Corps, Davis was depressed and the custody battle made matters worse.
Chesley said that one of her daughters told her that before the murder-suicide, the father looked at her in the eyes for several minutes without saying a word. The child tried to ask what was wrong, but he never replied and ran to the bathroom where he killed Jessica Arrendale.
Adds USA Today:
Inniello believes Davis would have killed Cobie had he been able to see her; instead, he walked into his daughter’s room and killed himself. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that she is in Child Services’ custody, but Inniello says she hopes to take her home soon, where she’ll join her 15-year-old sister.
Questions remain –Would Arrendale even have been able to hide her infant in a toilet after she took a fatal shot to the head? And if so, how would that have kept Davis from “seeing” the baby girl?
Some sites are reporting that Davis overpowered Arrendale and took the bat from her, then used it to strike Jessica before shooting her. Colbie was evidently also struck with the bat; the infant was treated for head trauma at the hospital. So Davis clearly knew that Jessica was with their child.
Some readers have suggested that Arrendale placed Colbie inside of the toilet before Davis broke through the door. In that case, perhaps the infant sustained the head injury while Arrendale was fleeing from her ex.
Others are suggesting that Davis, after slaying Jessica, placed the infant inside of the toilet bowl himself, before committing suicide.
In any case, this mother’s last thoughts were certainly of her baby girl.
A GoFundMe page has since been established. As of the writing of this article, over $35K has been donated.
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