Shriner, TX-- A grand jury has decided not to charge a young Texas father who beat to death a man he saw molesting his 5-year-old daughter.
"Under the law, deadly force is justified to stop a sexual assault. ... All the evidence indicated that is what was occurring," District Attorney Heather McMinn told reporters Wednesday, The San Antonio Express-News reports.
In a dramatic 911 call during the June 9 incident, the 23-year-old father, clearly distraught, has trouble giving directions to his father's ranch near the town of Shiner, Texas.
"I need an ambulance. This guy was raping my daughter and I beat him up and I don't know what to do," he tells the dispatcher.
"This guy is fixing to die on me man, and I don't know what to do," he says.
The call ends as emergency teams arrived, but the alleged assailant, Jesus Mora Flores, 47, was already dead from head injuries, the newspaper says.
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The Express-News, the Associated Press and other news media have declined to name the father in order to protect the identity of a victim of a sexual assault.
Authorities say a witness saw Flores "forcibly carrying" the girl into a secluded area. The witness then ran to find the father.
Running toward his daughter's screams, investigators said, the father pulled Flores off his child and "inflicted several blows to the man's head and neck area," the AP reports.
Although the father was never arrested, the killing was investigated as a homicide, the AP reports.
The father's attorney, V'Anne Huser, called her client "a peaceable soul and he had no intention to kill anyone on that day," The Express-News reports.
Authorities says forensic evidence and witness accounts corroborated the father's story that his daughter was being sexually molested.