A Lavaca County Texas rancher caught a ranch hand sexually assaulting his 4-year-old daughter returning to the house after tending to his horses, unexpectedly.
Outraged the dad started to punch the would-be rapist in the head savagely. In short order a fatal blow was struck.
The father told the sheriff he didn't intend to kill the animal, rather, was trying to defending his daughter.
The little girl was taken to a hospital in Victoria, Texas, for examination. The tot was shaken and traumatized, but otherwise okay.
Asked if charges would be filed the sheriff said, "You have a right to defend your daughter. He 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."
A preliminary autopsy report confirmed the perp "died from blunt-force head and neck injuries."
The rancher has been found innocent by a grand jury. The only remaining question is how will the little girl be scared from the ordeal.
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