Pitbull mom. Grizzly mom. Soccer mom. Hockey mom. Teen mom. Doesn’t matter what kind of mom she is. Don’t mess with a mom.
An 18-year-old mom who was recently widowed made it clear she’s not to be messed with. She shot and killed an intruder in her Oklahoma home after she feared for the safety of her 3-month-old son on New Year’s Eve, according to the New York Daily News.
“There’s nothing more dangerous than a woman with a child,” she told her local TV station.
Sarah McKinley was home alone with her baby when two men tried to break in. She went into the bedroom, put a bottle in her baby’s mouth, grabbed a pistol and called 911. She was on the phone with dispatch for 21 minutes, and asked for permission to shoot.
“I can’t tell you that you can do that, but you do what you have to do to protect your baby,” ABC News reports the dispatcher told her.
One of the intruders kicked down a door and was brandishing a 12-inch hunting knife. That’s when McKinley shot him using a 12-gague. The alleged accomplice has since been caught and is in jail.
“It’s not an easy decision to make, but it was either going to be him or my son,” McKinley said. “And it wasn’t going to be my son.”
McKinley’s husband had died of lung cancer less than a week earlier on Christmas Day.
No charges are pending against McKinley, as police have said her actions were justified in Oklahoma.