An unnamed father has been put on trial to decide whether he should undergo further investigation after beating his 5-year-old daughter’s alleged rapist to death on their family farm. After much deliberation, the jury decided they will not bring the man up on charges.
The father beat 47-year-old Jesus Mora Flores to death, after the father discovered him molesting his 5-year-old daughter in a shack on the farm.
The little girl and her brother had gone to feed the chickens, when out of nowhere, Flores came and grabbed the girl. The other child ran home to tell his father what just happened. Guided by the screams of the child, the father tore off into the fields after the rapist.
“Under the law in the state of Texas, deadly force is authorized and justified in order to stop an aggravated sexual assault or sexual assault,” District Attorney Heather McMinn said.
When he arrived on the scene, the father says he found the child with Flores. Both reportedly had their underwear removed. The father began beating Flores out of rage, until the farmhand lost consciousness. The father then called 911.
Despite his anger, the father was concerned Flores might not survive the beating.
“Come on! This guy is going to die on me! I don’t know what to do,” he told a 911 dispatcher. At one point, he offered to drive Flores to the hospital in his own truck to help save his life.
The father’s name was not released, so as to protect his daughter’s identity. Immediately following the incident, Sheriff Micah Harmon stated he would not press charges and deferred the decision to a grand jury.
Harmon described the father as “very remorseful.”
“You have a right to defend your daughter … the girl’s father acted in defense of his third person,” he told CNN.