Jayda Milsap had suffered years of sexual abuse and violence, until eventually taking matters into her own hands.
Milsap’s mother, Brandy Moreno, had previously kicked her abusive boyfriend out of their home. Only a week later he returned, broke in and attempted to murder her.
Leonardo Henry, 25, kicked in Moreno’s back door and began stabbing her with a knife. When Milsap heard the noise, she grabbed a handgun.
She fired twice, even as Henry tried to run away.
Both Henry and Moreno were rushed to the hospital, where both are in critical condition. Police are reportedly unlikely to charge Milsap.
All five children are in protective custody with the Department of Human Services.
What’s more, Moreno saw the attack coming. She told police that she “was afraid he is going to hurt her and the children because she reported the abuse.”
With safety in mind, Moreno showed her daughter how to use the handgun kept in the house.
Jayda’s bravery had saved her mum’s life. It would normally be shocking to hear of an 11 year old using a gun, but in this instance she is the exception to the rule.
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