Jesus Mora Flores was reportedly beaten to death on June 9 after a 23-year-old father found his 4-year-old daughter half naked with Flores at their ranch on the outskirts of Shiner, officers told CNN.
Lavaca County sheriff’s deputies told the station that the unnamed father had sent his daughter and her brother off to feed the family’s chickens. A little while later, the boy returned and told his dad that someone had taken his sister.
The father then found 47-year-old Flores — who came to the ranch with a family friend — sexually abusing his daughter and allegedly beat him to death with his fists.
Sheriff Micah Harmon has said that he will not charge the father, but the case will be presented to a grand jury to consider charges.
The father called 911 after the incident, reporting that Flores was on the ground and unresponsive. Harmon told reporters that the man appeared “very remorseful” and didn’t know he had killed the abuser.
“You have a right to defend your daughter,” Harmon told CNN at the time. “[The girl's father] acted in defense of his third person. Once the investigation is completed we will submit it to the district attorney who then submits it to the grand jury, who will decide if they will indict him.”
The 4-year-old girl went to the hospital after the attack, and “besides the obvious mental trauma,” is going to be OK, Harmon said.