Dad beats daughter’s alleged molester to death
A father who said he saw a man molesting his 4-year-old daughter behind a barn in Lavaca County apparently beat the man to death Saturday afternoon, officials said.The death occurred about 3:45 p.m. at a horse barn along County Road 302 near Shiner, about 127 miles west of Houston, said Lavaca County Sheriff Micah Harmon.
Now, since this happened in Texas, I'm guessing things are going to be a little different for this father than the guy in MA who beat up his son's molester. Something tells me that he won't be charged - because, really, what prosecutor wants to go before a jury in Texas to jail a man who caught someone touching his four year old daughter inappropriately and took action to stop his assault? I'm guessing the Texas Attorney General isn't going to grant an interview where we are sniffed at and told that Texas discourages self-help.
Snarky potshots at Massachusetts aside, I can honestly say that I can't fault this guy one whit. I'd wager that he didn't consciously decide to bash the dude's skull in - I'd guess that it was an instinct to protect his child, and if the creature causing his child pain happened to perish in the process, well, it means his child was no longer in pain, right? Every father's greatest fear is that evil may befall his children. Our job is to protect our kids at all costs; whether that means dying for them - or killing for them - we keep them safe.
Something like that, though... It's primal. No man wants to think of Daddy's little girl behaving in a sexual manner. Add to that the raw unadulterated rage of someone forcing themselves on your progeny, and the add in the tender age of the girl? That perp is lucky that he died quickly. Being staked to an ant hill - or just outright disemboweled and hung with one's own entrails - is certainly more painful.
I liked agg79's comment when he sent this to me:
This dad's response made me think of you, man.
Yep. If, G-d forbid, someone were to ever try something like this on my daughter, I guarantee you would be reading a similar headline. Although I suspect the headline would read more "man turned into reddish/brown smear by partially shaven gorilla" or somesuch. Again, I will remind folks that when my son was baptized, the priest got overly enthusiastic with the holy water and my son started screaming - and my mom took one look at me and her eyes went wide. Apparently I started to go into "OOG SMASH" mode - and I think you go straight to hell if you punch a priest...
I can understand - and fully condone - a course of action that involves violence to the point of death to someone attempting to harm your kids.
That is all.