A father who beat his daughter’s rapist to death near the rural town of Shriner, Texas, will not be prosecuted for the incident. A grand jury in Lavaca County decided against pressing charges on the father, who killed Jesus Mora Flores, 47, when he caught him molesting the 5-year-old in a secluded shack on the family farm in June.
Said District Attorney Heather McMinn shortly after the incident, “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.”
Before the attack, the girl and her brother went out to the feed the chickens. When Flores, a farmhand, picked up the girl and carried her to an out-of-the-way area, her brother ran back to tell his father what was happening. Once the man heard the news, he rushed toward the shack, reportedly guided by his daughter’s screams.
When he arrived on the scene, he found the child with Flores, both of their underwear removed. Driven to rage, he began beating Flores until the farmhand lost consciousness. He then called 911.
Despite his anger, the father showed great concern that the man might not survive the beating. He told the 911 dispatcher, who had trouble locating the farm, “Come on! This guy is going to die on me! I don’t know what to do.”
At one point, he offered to drive Flores to the hospital in his own truck to help save his life.
The father’s name is not being released in order to protect the identity of his daughter. Immediately following the incident, Sheriff Micah Harmon stated he would not press charges, deferring the decision to a grand jury.
Harmon described him as “very remorseful,” and told CNN, “You have a right to defend your daughter … the girl's father acted in defense of his third person.”