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An Arkansas mom took an arrow to the face last week in order to save her teen son’s life.

Janet Partain told WREG that she went to the home of Joseph Avellino, 34, to confront him over a toolbox he allegedly stole from her family.

The mom brought along her 14-year-old son and 15-year-old nephews and tensions escalated quickly.

Partain said Avellino pulled out a crossbow and said he was going to “shoot ya’ll.” She recalled pushing her son out of the way when he fired an arrow:

“(He) was pointing the arrow at them and he fired a shot at one of them, and I pushed them out the way and I got hit. I think I was in shock because once I got hit I said, ‘I can’t believe you almost shot that kid.'”

She stayed conscious, despite getting hit in the face with an arrow, and immediately went to get medical help.

Janet Partain/Facebook

Partain drove herself to the hospital with the arrow still lodged in her head. Capt. Jeff Nichols with the Cross County Sheriff’s Office told WREG:

“It was an odd sight to see someone with an arrow in their face and they’re still conscious and talking to me.”

The mom had the arrow removed and is working to recover, she said:

“I’m just glad the baby didn’t get shot.”

Avellino was charged with first-degree battery and three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, but he denies shooting the mom.

Cross County Sheriff’s Office

He later claimed his girlfriend, Becca, shot the mom with the crossbow after she showed up to his home with a weapon and other family members.

Avellino told WREG:

“I said, ‘Grab your bow and shoot her with it.’ She said, ‘It’s eight or nine of them with guns out here.”

He added:

“That’s when I jumped out the shower butt naked, and I opened the door. Once I opened the door she had pulled a gun, and Becca shot and got her.”

The 34-year-old said he wouldn’t put Partain’s children in danger because he has kids himself. He said:

“It’s bothering me, because I do care what people think.”

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4 Replies to “Mom Drives to Hospital With Arrow in Her Face After Protecting Her Teen Son From Crossbow”

  • Mark Noble 2 years ago

    Need to wait for all the facts to come out,but,if it went down like she said it did, mother of the year award.

  • Steven Eighner 2 years ago

    If you suspect someone stole something from you, you call the cops. You don’t go there with a couple of kids to confront the person.

    The full facts have yet to be revealed but was she leaning over as the photo with the arrow is pointed down. And if she did go there with a gun like is being claimed, she deserves to be in jail for child endangerment and at least a charge of menacing.

    Something doesn’t seem right about this story as the kids shouldn’t have been there no matter what if the issue was he supposedly stole something.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I thought that was a polar bear at first, but it’s not. It’s just another cute dog.

  • Tonya 2 years ago

    Soft tissue damage. Not life threatening. But could have been MUCH worse. Over a TOOLBOX?? And bring your children along for a fight? Great parenting.

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