Father who killed daughter’s molester not indicted
By Kim Eun-ji
If a father sees his four-year-old daughter being sexually assaulted, his basic instinct would be to save his little girl. But what if he punched the rapist to death during the process _ is he guilty?
A grand jury in Lavaca Country, Texas, decided not to indict the protective father, June 19, in the real-life incident. The father was correct to use deadly force to protect his daughter, prosecutors said.
The 23-year-old Texan sent his son and daughter to feed chickens, June 9, when his son came back and said somebody carried his sister away, reports said.
The father soon found his employee, Jesus Mora Flores, 47, half-naked with his screaming daughter at a nearby barn.
The father pulled Flores away and “inflicted several blows to the man’s head and neck area,” reports said. He then saw Flores’ body go limp and frantically called 911 for an ambulance.
“Come on! This guy is going to die on me!” he yelled during his five-minute phone call. “I don’t know what to do!”
When emergency crews arrived, they found Flores’ pants and underwear pulled down on his lifeless body, reports said.
The girl was examined at a hospital, where evidence indicated that she had been sexually abused, said officials.
Many seem to empathize with the father in the peaceful rural county, where only six killings were investigated in the past eight years.
“The little girl is going to be traumatized for life, and the father, too, for what happened,” said Gail Allen, 59, a grandmother of nine children. “He was protecting his family. Any parent would do that.”
A 59-year-old local electrician, Joe Marek, also said any responsible father would have done what the girl’s father did.
“If it was my kids … I would have defended them, too,” said Victor Casper, 65, a retired county worker.
The father’s name will not be released in order to protect the identity of his daughter.