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'She was my sunshine'; Southern Indiana mom hopes her daughter’s death inspires others to leave dangerous relationships

Shawnee Edmiston says she hopes her daughter’s tragic story will be the reason a woman stuck in a dangerous relationship decides to get out.

Shay McAlister

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Published: 4:15 PM EST February 6, 2023
Updated: 7:13 PM EST February 6, 2023

It’s been described as a real-life nightmare...burying your own baby. Brittney Boman was 29 years old when she died. 

Her mom, Shawnee Edmiston, described the raw pain of that final goodbye in the funeral home as if Brittney was still just a little girl.  

"When I went back in it was just her in there, by herself, in that great big room and I didn't want to leave her. That was hard,” Edmiston said. 

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Shawnee Edmiston, Brittney's mother, said her daughter was her sunshine.

Brittney died on Dec. 30, 2022, almost three months after police say she was shot in a wooded area in Henryville. 

A series of infections took her injury from recoverable to unbearable and hospice was called in to make her comfortable at the end.  

"Her last 90 days of her life was misery…the slightest touch made her feel like she was on fire and she was in a lot, a lot of pain,” Edmiston remembers. 

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