A Texas father caught a man sexually assaulting his 4-year-old daughter and punched him in the head repeatedly, killing him, authorities said.
The father was casually acquainted with the alleged abuser, said Lavaca County Sheriff Micah Harmon.
Neither has been publicly identified.
The girl was left inside the family's house during the social gathering, while other members of her family were tending to horses, the sheriff said.
The alleged abuser was known for his horse-grooming abilities, Harmon said.
My mind returns to a faded memory of a story that appeared on a TV screen somewhere between 81 and 83. The story was about a mother who, after a bad crash on a country road (ditch, smoke, spinning wheels, crunched metal), lifted a whole car to save the life of her trapped child. This supernatural strength was attributed to a sudden forgetting of self and limits. The woman was not herself when she lifted the car to save the child's life. She was someone who could only be liberated when her panicked mind forget who she was. She amazed herself.
[Lavaca County Sheriff Micah Harmon] described [the father of the molested girl] as "very remorseful," adding that he didn't know the man was going to die.