An unidentified 23-year-old father from Shiner, Texas will not be charged with any crimes after he beat a man to death with his fists who was molesting his 5-year-old daughter on his ranch.
A Lavaca County grand jury made this decision on Tuesday and shortly thereafter authorities released the 911 call made from the father after he killed his daughter’s attacker. In the distressing call the father can be heard yelling at the dispatcher who was having a difficult time locating his ranch:
“Come on! This guy is going to die on me! I don’t know what to do!”
The father’s name is not being identified to protect the identity of the young victim. His attorney V’Anne Huser informed reporters sternly that he nor the family will ever give an interview. She added, “He’s a peaceable soul. He had no intention to kill anybody that day.”
Authorities stated that a witness saw the young girl being “forcibly carried” into a secluded area of the ranch by 47-year-old Jesus Mora Flores. Flores was in the U.S. on a green card and was employed as a ranch hand who helped primarily with horses. This witness hustled to find the father who acted immediately and tracked down the assailant when he heard his daughter’s screams for help.
When the father found Flores on top of his daughter with his pants and underwear pulled down he pulled him off and “inflicted several blows to the man’s head and neck area.” When the daughter was taken to a nearby hospital and examined authorities claim that witness accounts and forensic evidence corroborated the father’s story that his daughter was being sexually molested.
Sheriff Micah Harmon (pictured above) was convinced that it was not the father’s intent to kill his daughter’s attacker. “He was very remorseful. I don’t think it was his intent for the man to die.” When Harmon arrived at the scene he found the father in tears over having just killed a man. Flores died at the scene
In addition to the father’s 911 plea for help of the man he had just beaten he further stated out of exasperation that he was going to put the man in his truck and drive him to a hospital himself but authorities finally arrived before that happened.
Local Gail Allen was asked about what transpired and while she said she didn’t want to speak for the whole town, it was apparent her feelings reflected the general consensus of the small community:
“The father has gone through enough. The little girl is going to be traumatized for life, and the father, too, for what happened. He was protecting his family. Any parent would do that.”
District Attorney General Heather McMinn announced in a news conference, “Under the law, deadly force is justified to stop a sexual assault.”