Jessica Arrendale showed the ultimate act of a mother’s love for her child: the mortally wounded woman hid her baby in the toilet before taking her last breath. Jessica, the victim of domestic violence, died, but saved her child’s life, according to a September 23 Inquisitr news report.
The tragedy unfolded on the night of September 13 when Jessica and her boyfriend, Antoine Davis, returned home from an outing. Late that night, into Sunday morning, Davis, who was heavily drinking, became belligerent towards Arrendale.
The former Marine, who spent time overseas in Iraq, went to another part of the home and returned with an assault rifle. He burst into the bathroom where the Georgia mom and her 6-month-old baby were holed up, and shot Jessica in the head. Before dying from the fatal gunshot wound, Jessica Arrendale was lucid enough to hide her baby in the toilet.
Jessica, with baby in hand, tried to defend them both with a baseball bat, but Davis overpowered her and struck her several times, before she fled to the bathroom and barricaded herself and the baby inside.
Friday, the dead woman’s mother, Teresa Inniello, spoke to a radio station about her daughter’s death and her heroic act of love for her baby, who survived the ordeal.
“He shot her and [the police] don’t know how she was able to twist her body and fall literally in the opposite direction.”
Thirteen hours later, police stormed the three-story home after a robot deployed for surveillance could not negotiate the flight of stairs. Evidently, officers were not aware if the shooter was still inside and didn’t want to jeopardize the woman and child’s life.
Investigators discovered Jessica Arrendale, whose dead body was slumped over the toilet. When they moved her body, they discovered her baby, still alive, inside the toilet bowl. Apparently, before Jessica died, she hid the baby inside from the shooter, who was dead in a bedroom with a gunshot wound to the head. His cause of death was suicide.
Jessica’s baby was rushed to a nearby hospital and treated for hypothermia and a wound to the head, apparently from the scuffle with the baseball bat.
Inniello, who cares for Arrendale’s 15-year-old daughter, will likely inherit custody of the infant when she recovers. Jessica Arrendale’s act of hiding her baby in the toilet was bitter-sweet in a way, but one life was spared that another can thrive. Her mother said it well.
“[My daughter] was the hero, because her last breath was saving the child.”