In a scenario no parent wants to imagine, a Texas dad found himself beating a man to death when he discovered him molesting his young daughter. Were his actions questionable, or is he a hero?

What would you do?

In Texas, a father heard screams coming from a barn and found his 4-year-old girl being molested. In his efforts to save her, he wound up beating her attacker so severely that the man died. It’s not clear if he will be charged with murder in the death, and the dad has expressed remorse and regret that he killed the man, but when is it acceptable, if ever, to take the law into your own hands?

Still needs a trial

While residents of the family’s Texas town stand behind the dad and his actions, there are those that say that he should still be tried in a court of law. “If someone is killed, then you have to have a trial to establish what happened,” said a commenter on Mail Online’s article. “You can't just kill someone and say, ‘He molested my daughter.’”

Totally justified

Most parents we polled, however, not only thought that the dad should not be charged, but that they’d likely do the same thing. Lindsay from Kansas, said, “Agreed 100 percent on not charging the dad. I personally hope the molester suffered. That little girl will be scarred for life and she cannot change that! Eye for an eye. That man ruined the little girl’s life.”

"That little girl will be scarred for life and she cannot change that!"

Shelly, mother of two, agreed. “I can say with 100 percent certainty that if I came across someone hurting a child... especially my child... I would react the same,” she shared. And Lindsay from Texas concurred that the law is likely on his side. “Open and shut case as long as his story pans out,” she told us. “Texas law protects those defending a third party that is incapable of protecting themself. Just glad the little girl is safe.”

Ashley, mother of three, has bad memories of her own on the subject. "After being molested as a child myself, I feel for this little girl," she shared. "I believe the father was only protecting his child. If someone did this to one of my daughters I know I would react strongly."

A good dad

And still others felt that the father’s actions would make him a hero not only to his community, but his little girl as well. “Imagine being this 4-year-old child and having your daddy come in and save you,” Heather from Oregon explained. “I think that heroic act will help her get through this and feel safe. The molester didn't need to die, but the act of the father beating him was absolutely justified.”

A grand jury will decide if charges will be filed in this case, but most do believe that he acted within his rights protecting and defending his child.

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Comments on "Dad killed daughter's molester, may not be charged"

lep January 29, 2013 | 5:54 AM

QUOTE: Heather from Oregon explained. “I think that heroic act will help her get through this and feel safe. The molester didn't need to die, but the act of the father beating him was absolutely justified.” Actually, I have no problem with a mandatory death penalty for child molesters, and I don't care if the executioner is the state, the child's parents, the next door neighbor, or the family dog, or if the method of execution is a lethal injection, blunt force trauma, or bleeding to death after castration with a rusty spoon.

danielle June 17, 2012 | 12:46 AM

i think he did what any dad would and shoud do

And how do we know he did not make up the excuse to kill? June 14, 2012 | 8:16 AM

And how do we know he did not make up the excuse to kill?

lynn June 13, 2012 | 5:59 PM

I would do the same thing. I hate all molesters.

kim June 13, 2012 | 10:42 AM

i think any parent would have did whatever to PROTECT their child from any harm, i would have; and suffered later. the man is NOT THE VICTIM THE CHILD IS :) FOCUS ON THE CHILD WHO HAVE TO DEAL WITH THIS THE REST OF HER LIFE. AND IT RESULTED IN A SICK MAN LOSING HIS LIFE.

Hannah June 13, 2012 | 10:35 AM

The poor girl! If I found my child being molested it would be extremely hard not to react the same way.

wanda June 13, 2012 | 8:56 AM

he did the right thing protecting his daughter also he stop him from hurting other children.

Hannah June 12, 2012 | 5:06 PM

This father should be awarded, not arrested. I'm so sorry his little girl had to go through that. I'm sure he did not intend to kill the man but any of us would do the same for our child.

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