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

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SMYRNA, Ga. -- A  mother lost her life by trying to protect her 6-month-old baby from her husband.

WSB reports, 33- year-old Jessica Arrendale’s husband, Antoine Davis, 30, “belligerently drunk and abusive.”

Arrendale reportedly was afraid and then locked herself and her baby daughter, Cobie, inside a bathroom.

Police say Davis chased her upstairs and kicked in the bathroom door.

Arrendale tried to defend herself with a baseball bat, but the former marine overpowered her.

According to officers, Davis grabbed the bat and struck her several times, then shot Arrendale in the head with a rifle while she was still holding the baby.

According to WSB,  Officers say when Davis shot Arrendale, she twisted her body and fell in the opposite direction and dropped Cobie into the toilet.

Arrendale’s family believes Davis would have also shot the baby, but she was hidden in the toilet.

Little Cobie stayed inside the toilet for 13 hours.

The baby was treated for hypothermia and head trauma.

Police believe the baby was struck in the head by the baseball bat during the confrontation between her parents.

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

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

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