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Teen Mom Sarah McKinley Shot And Killed A Home Intruder To Protect Her Baby

Wed, January 4, 2012 5:46pm EDT by 12 Comments

An 18-year-old mom, whose husband died on Christmas Day, had to be the ultimate protector for her infant son on New Year’s Eve when an armed man invaded their home!

Teen mom Sarah McKinley lost her husband on Christmas Day to lung cancer, and she was left to take care of their three-month-old son by herself. On New Year’s Eve, she proved she was more than capable for the challenge! According to, the young mom shot and killed a man trying to break into her house with a 12-inch hunting knife!

The intruder turned out to be a man named Justin Martin, who Sarah believes was stalking her. A week after Sarah’s husband’s funeral, Justin stopped by the house late in the evening and introduced himself as a neighbor. The Oklahoma mom was suspicious.

The 24-year-old returned on New Year’s Eve with an accomplice, 29-year-old Dustin Stewart, and armed with a knife. The men started aggressively knocking on the front and back doors. “I walked over and got the 12-gauge, went in the bedroom and got the pistol, put the bottle in his mouth, and then I called 911,” Sarah explained.

The smart-thinking teen barricaded the front door with a sofa and asked the 911 dispatcher what to do. “I’ve got two guns in my hand. Is it okay to shoot him if he comes in the door?” she asked. “I’m in here by myself with my infant baby, can I please get a dispatcher out here immediately?”

The dispatcher first confirmed that both doors were locked. “I can’t tell you that you can [shoot them], but you do what you have to do to protect your baby,” the dispatcher told her.

Sarah was on the phone a total of 21 minutes, until 2 p.m. when Justin kicked in the door. Sarah shot him once in the torso, and he died. Dustin fled, but eventually turned himself in to police.

Because she was shooting in self-defense, Sarah won’t be charged.

“It was either going to be him or my son,” Sarah said.”And it wasn’t going to be my son. There’s nothing more dangerous than a woman with a child.”

That is SO brave of her! Would you shoot an intruder to protect YOUR baby, HollyMoms?

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