She went to work

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.



  1. January 15, 2007 at 7:43 am

    Post updated.

  2. Jody said,

    February 7, 2007 at 5:55 am

    Mary was my best friend from age 8, I still can’t believe this, and it has almost been a month.

  3. becky J said,

    February 7, 2007 at 6:44 am

    unfortunatly it is so easy to get guns even with a felony on your record or a protection order against you, they are sold by other law breakers on the streets, so one should never assume that the abuser doesnt have a gun,better to be safe than sorry.

  4. Jody said,

    February 12, 2007 at 4:55 am

    He is also all doped up on meds, trying the insanity thing now. Rotten SOB.

  5. nadine said,

    March 21, 2007 at 6:16 pm

    Tommy was a very good man and a very good father it makes me sick that people paint him to be this horrible killer. i just recently met tommy and what he did was very wrong and i don’t agree with it but what people don’t hear is how crazy mary was either. mary was a drug addict and made tommys life miserble. the charges mary had against tommy were false and he was in court defending himself before he killed her. i was there on day when tommy was so exited to see his little boy sam and mary never showed up when the court ordered her. he would have to fight tyhe court and her just to see the only child he had. on christmas sammy was to come and see his daddy and the craxy Bi**h didn’t show up either now what kind of mother would keep thier child from see their daddy. tommy was very upset and i knew that she was crazy and she should have had the privillage to know tommy yes tommy had some problems but she had more and got him to alot to. but like i said tommy never should had did what he did but she pushed him and i know that he just wanted to keep his little boy safe and alive and i feel that mary wasn’t doing that and tommy was a very good person and it upset me that all they talk about is tommy being so horrible.

  6. March 21, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    I didn’t know Tommy, and he may have been the nicest guy in the world. But when he pulled the trigger- multiple times, he lost that designation of nice guy. He was prohibited from having a firearm, yet he had one.
    He was apart from her, had a court order not to go around her- he broke it.
    He may have been a very good father in the past- till he left the child without an available parent.
    If she was violating the court ordered visitation, the protection order very possibly could have had something to do with it. Yet he still had recourse to the courts to get the visitation order changed so that he could visit his son. If he ever questioned the treatment his son was getting, there are agencies for that. He had other choices. Instead, he chose to leave the child without a parent.
    As far as the court protection order, the court must have had some reason to believe in the abuse. And given the ending, it looks like they had reason.
    You only mention knowing Tommy. So did you know Mary personally? Or are you basing your info on what Tommy said? Did you know that most abusers will deny abusing? Did you know that the majority will blame the victim?

  7. D.P. said,

    March 22, 2007 at 3:08 am

    Well said, Sweet home. I mostly stay out of the fray when the commenters are so close to the case. I understand all too well that there are two (or many more) sides and perspectives to these tragedies. That all being said, however, I needed to speak up and agree with you that NO MATTER WHAT Mary had allegedly done to Tommy, he had NO RIGHT to stalk and MURDER her. He also HAD NO RIGHT to take away his own flesh and blood’s MOTHER. Nadine, I can sympathize with you in that it is very difficult for you to reconcile the Tommy you think you know, with the Tommy that would hunt down, wait for and shoot the mother of his child mutiple times in cold blood. Unfortunately, there is no way you can justify his actions. All his good fathering, and being a good man will now all be defined by the one moment he chose to murder. And make no mistake…it was HIS CHOICE.

  8. May 30, 2007 at 5:19 am

    Sorry for the typos. I am upset that anybody woudl take this guy’s side. He is a well known psycho. Known to prey on young girls, which I’m thinking Nadine is.Mary never did drugs, until she was married to him. I know this for a fact, because I was, and she wouldn’t. When she finallly got away, and I saw her, she was bruised from head to toe. The only thing she cared about was her son’s safety. He MURDERED a talented, beautiful mother, daughter and friend.

  9. May 30, 2007 at 5:29 am

    What I meant to say earlier is I talked to her an hour before she was MURDERED. She said he had been quiet lately, and was waiting for the other shoe to drop. Yeah, it fucking dropped. Now her little boy has his grandparents. He will have no mother, and now no father. If you are from this area, and take his side, than you are naive as hell. Anybody reading this, please research it. There had been several times when the cops were called due to domestic violence. Mary was not white trash. She was in the top 10 of our graduating class. She had a bachelor’s degree from Ferris State University. And she will not be forgotten.

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