Mary Lynn Babb, 30, was reportedly going through some tough times with her estranged husband Thomas Daniel Babb. She had gotten a personal protection order against him, but through it all fellow employees say she kept a positive attitude.
At the newspaper office where she worked she was known as a model employee, smart and hard-working. Only at the office 6 months, she had recently been named employee of the month. It was at that office on Tuesday about 4:30 PM, while she was in her vehicle in the parking lot that her estranged husband allegedly rammed her SUV with his truck.
Allegedly he pushed her vehicle across the parking lot and caused it to flip on it’s top. And witnesses have said that with her still in the vehicle, Babb got out of his truck, walked up to the SUV , and shot 2 or more times. Reportedly Babb then fled the scene, but witnesses had gotten his license plate number.
Mary Lynn Babb was taken to the hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. She was the mother of a 4 year old little boy. Police believe her estranged husband was waiting in the parking lot for her.
Allegedly, after leaving the office Babb went to his parents home. And reportedly he drove the vehicle in a ditch there and caught a ride from a passerby that was not aware that police were hunting for him.
Police found the vehicle and then found his with the person with whom he had caught a ride. They surrounded the vehicle and he was reportedly taken into custody without incident.
One more child who will grow up without a mother. At four, he will have difficulty understanding what death means. He will still want his mother. And he will grow up with only vague stories and pictures instead of memories of his mother being with him at key moments in his life.
His mother will not take him to school his first day. She won’t kiss him before his first date. She won’t be there when he gets his driver’s license, or worry if he breaks curfew. She won’t see him go to prom or get married or hold her first grandchild. And he will miss her through all of those things, even though he may not be sure of just exactly what he is missing.
When afraid, do get a protection/restraining order. But do not assume the other party will abide by it. Take shelter, either somewhere he won’t know where to find you or in a shelter.
Going to work is something most have to do. But if possible take a leave of absence, a vacation, or a different job. If that is not possible, change where you park or consider taking a cab that will drop you right at the entrance to the building. Use different exits in and out of the building. Vary your routes to and from work. Carry a cell phone. And above all, use that protection order- if you think you see the other party- call police. Every time.
At the arraignment Babb was charged with 7 counts including felony murder, open murder and aggravated stalking. Babb’s attorney has filed a motion for a forensic examination, possibly requesting a competency or psychiatric exam.
Babb had previously been charged with sexual assault and beating his wife and was out on bond.
The question is being asked- how did Babb have a gun? A prior felony conviction prohibited Babb from having possession of a weapon. And the protection order that she had taken out banned Babb from not only contacting her, but also banned him from possessing a weapon. Police say they have not identified the murder weapon, but they are processing several.
A good article that explores the control issues common to DV.
Thomas Babb ordered to undergo mental evaluation.