Dad Accused of Beating Daughter's 'Molester' to Death Is No Hero

crime scenePrepare to feel conflicted. A father who says he found a man trying to molest his 4-year-old may be facing a whole other kind of trial. Cops in Shiner, Texas, say the little girl's dad put a stop to the assault then beat the man to death.

So far what cops will do with the dad remains up in the air. I'm not surprised; there's no easy answer here for them. Say you were put on a jury to face a case like that. Would you be able to make a decision that would let you go to bed that night with a clear conscience? I don't think I would.

I want to say that the fatal beating the Lavaca County sheriff says happened in a family house (no names have been released to protect the sexual assault victim's identity) on Sunday afternoon was the right thing and cheer from the rooftops.

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I'm a parent, for cripes sakes. I never want to see a child being hurt in any fashion. Just last night I sat in my house with my heart beating fast against my chest because I'd heard a rumor that a local teen had to be airlifted out of an accident scene (good news: it was one of those exaggerations that spreads on Facebook -- she's fine). In that sense, if the allegation of abuse is true, then I would have been shaking with anger and horror both. If I were that father, I would have wanted to kill that man.

But wanted to does not equal would have.

Consider this: when you take justice into your own hands, what happens? You get in trouble. You, the person who, up until that very moment, was in the right.

You may say it's "worth it" because the other person got what you thought was "coming," but you are forever marred by having sunk to the criminal level. You are what you profess to despise.

I can imagine that if this dad beat this man, he thought he was doing it for the right reasons. I hope that the police and prosecutors treat this whole case with that in mind. But there is no way to walk away from this one feeling anything but conflicted, is there?

What's your read? Do you think the accusations against this dad make him a criminal or a hero?


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nonmember avatar zizzler

if i was that child, i'd rather have a father in jail who defended me without thinking of the consequences to himself, rather than a free father who kept his cool and "let the authorities deal with it". That dad gave his kid a great gift: the security of knowing her dad is there to defend her to the death from creeps....which is a security that will comfort her all her life, in face of what was done to her. I don't generally support vigilante action, but when it comes to your child, you'd be crazy to NOT lose your shit on a molester!

CPN322 CPN322

I don't have children yet and I know I would have done the same!! I hope I wouldn't have killed him but who knows. I say the dad is a hero!!! Pedophiles can't be fixed.

dixie... dixiechick2

Let's start a pool for bail money!

CPN322 CPN322

peanutsmommy1 - do you have any idea how quickly child molestors get out of jail?!?!?! If you did, you might change your tune.

Prett... PrettyGirlMyers

Tiny_mama- it says right in the article attached that he died at the scene. But either way, I think this dad did the right thing. It isn't like he planned to kill the attacker, he was simply defending his daughter. What should he have done, asked him politely to stop?

peanu... peanutsmommy1

Yes I do, I'm not naieve, but I also think the dad was wrong. You don't have to like my opinion, but I am still entitled to it.

Bertha21 Bertha21

I would have snapped! I probably would have beat the crap out of my child's molester if I caught them! He should not get charged for anything! He IS a hero.

Smerk... Smerkalot

Second a previous poster, you CAN'T FIX a pedophile.  That dad is a hero and I would be proud to be protected and loved as such.  Kinda weird to not react that way...

Night... NightPhoenix

I believe that anyone who sexually assaults a child should die. There is no use for them, and they are a drain on taxpayers, both in court and jail. I say that father is a hero!

Flori... Floridamom96

Well, what this story (and others) actually said (because yet again Jeanne Sager can't report the truth to save her life) is that he caught the man sexually assaulting his 4 year old daughter and yanked the 47 year old man him off his daughter and hit him in the head several times. According to the original report in the Houston Chronicle, "The group later heard the girl screaming behind the barn, Harmon said. Her father ran to see what was wrong and said he saw the man allegedly sexually assaulting the child. While pulling the man away from the girl, he hit the man several times in the head, Harmon said." Facts are an interseting thing. You might try to use them from time to time. Further, all the evidence will most likely be presented to a grand jury allowing them to decide if the father should be charged. Having said all that, if you can't see that this father's actions were justified and will in fact protect many potential victims of this man, then there really is no hope for you.

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