US authorities say a father who caught a man sexually assaulting his four-year-old daughter and beat him to death may not face charges.
The father, from Texas, punched the man repeatedly in the head, killing him, Lavaca County Sheriff Micah Harmon said.
The girl had been left inside the family’s house during a social gathering on Saturday while other members of her family were tending to horses, Sheriff Harmon told CNN.
He said the father returned to the house and caught the man abusing his daughter before unleashing his attack. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
I don’t condone vigilante justice, but this situation is different to many in that this was not a revenge attack at some later stage, but done in the heat of the moment. How many fathers would not assault someone they walked in on sexually assaulting their four year old daughter? Also the fact he did not use a weapon means it is arguable that he did not mean to actually kill him.
Even if the father is charged, I doubt any jury would convict him.