Woman Dies Shielding Baby Daughter From Violent Boyfriend

This is an utterly tragic story. Jessica Arrendale, an Atlanta area mom, died shielding her six-month-old daughter Cobie’s body from Cobie’s violent father. The 37-year-old was shot in the head and managed to maneuver her body over the baby to prevent her from facing the same fate. Arrendale and Cobie’s father, 30-year-old Antoine Davis, had been out together on the night of September 13, and when they arrived home he became violent. With Cobie in her arms, Arrendale tried to fend him off with a baseball bat. Davis eventually snatched the bat from her, hitting her with it and chasing her until she locked herself and Cobie into an upstairs bathroom. Davis, a former Marine and Iraq War vet, grabbed an assault rifle with a silencer and broke down the door, shooting Arrendale in the head. Arrendale placed little Cobie in the open toilet bowl and then laid over her daughter before dying. Arrendale’s mother, Teresa Inniello, told WSB Radio, “He shot her and [the police] don’t know how she was able to twist her body and fall literally in the opposite direction.” What she did was nothing short of miraculous. It’s believed by authorities that Davis would’ve killed Cobie too had she not been hidden. Instead, he walked into his daughter’s bedroom and fatally shot himself. Arrendale leaves behind both Cobie and a 15-year-old daughter named Naomi who’d been living with Inniello.

Police tried to negotiate with Davis to come outside the house, and the spent hours outside the building, unaware that the couple was already dead. They worried that rushing the house would cause violence and sent a robot inside instead, but the machine couldn’t get up the stairs to the third-story bathroom where the shooting occurred. Cobie was found in the home by police and is currently hospitalized, receiving treatment for a traumatic head injury and hypothermia. The head injury may indicate that Davis hit her with the baseball bat as well.

A friend of the family is raising money to pay for Arrendale’s funeral and to help support her kids, as she had been the sole provider for the household. As her mother told WSB Radio, “She was the hero, because her last breath was saving the child.”

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