A 14-year-old Ohio girl accused of fatally shooting her father in the head is being hailed as a “hero” by her mother – for allegedly saving the family from years of physical abuse, PEOPLE confirms.

Bresha Meadows is charged with one count of murder for her alleged role in the death of her 41-year-old father, Jonathan Meadows, according to her arrest report. She is accused of shooting him in the head with his own gun at the family’s home early July 28, police said.

But Bresha’s mom has called her a “hero,” telling local media her daughter’s alleged actions ended the years of physical abuse she was forced to suffer at her own husband’s hands. (It was Bresha’s mom who first called 911, records show.)
“She is my hero. I wasn’t strong enough to get out and she helped me. “I am so sorry she had to go through this. She is my hero.”

Bresha “helped me,” Brandi told Fox 8. “She helped all of us so we could have a better life.”