A father in Texas may face charges in the death of a man he says was abusing his daughter.
The man, who has not been named, in order to keep his 4-year-old daughter’s name protected, told police that the family was at a social gathering on Saturday when the girl went inside the family’s home in Shiner, Texas.
The Huffington Post reports that Lavaca County Sheriff Micah Harmon stated that the father caught a 47-year-old man, who is a family acquaintance, attempting to molest his daughter. He allegedly punched the man in the head until he died.
Harmon stated, according to CNN, when asked if the Sheriff’s department would press charges, that:
“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.”
The deceased man’s name has not been released, pending notification of his family, according to CNN. Harmon also noted that the girl’s father was “very remorseful” about the killing, not knowing that the injuries would lead to his death.
The Long Island Press notes Harmon reported the investigation, including toxicology reports, will take about six weeks to complete. Once they receive the results back, the police will submit their findings about the case to the district attorney, who will then submit it to the grand jury to see if the father will face charges in the killing.