The man who was beaten to death by a Texas dad for allegedly molesting his 5-year-old daughter has been identified by authorities.
Previous news reports had identified the girl as a 4-year-old, but her age was corrected by Lavaca County authorities in a press release Friday, obtained by the Victoria Advocate.
Lavaca County Sheriff Micah Harmon said that the 23-year-old father killed Jesus Mora Flores, 47, from Gonzales, Texas. The sheriff said Flores was not in the U.S. illegally and was in possession of a green card also known as a permanent resident card. Investigators have been working with Mexican Consulate officials to locate his family, the news release revealed.
Harmon previously indicated that it is unlikely that the father, who has not been identified to protect his daughter, will face any criminal charges. It seems even less likely in light of some new details that have been released.
The June 9 killing reportedly occurred in Mt. Olive near a barn where some horses were being kept. The adults were shoeing a horse while the little girl and her brother went to feed chickens, KPRC in Houston reports.
The two kids' grandfather later said the boy returned and told him that his sister had been taken away by a man (Flores) who apparently dragged her behind some bushes on the property. The Texas dad went out looking for her, calling her name. KPRC reportedly spoke with the family.
Soon after, he heard the sound of his little girl's screams and rushed to find her. When he did, he says Flores was molesting his daughter. The dad yanked him off of her and repeatedly struck him in the head and neck with his fists, ultimately killing him. Flores, an acquaintance of the father, had been hired to help tend to some of the family's horses.
But it is now clear that the father walked into a even more horrifying scene than previously known.
"When emergency medical personnel arrived, Jesus Mora Flores' pants and underwear were down and the man's genitals were exposed," Harmon was quoted saying in the press release, as reported by the Victoria Advocate.
There has been no evidence that has conflicted with the father's account of the events, Harmon said. The dad was reportedly very remorseful and told investigators he did not intend to kill Flores. Further, the sheriff said the father and his family have cooperated with authorities.
"Despite all the other factors involved, this is still a homicide investigation," Harmon explained.
Now the Texas dad's fate is in the hands of a grand jury who will hear his case and decide whether he will face any charges.
"Sheriff Harmon made the right decision in not arresting the father at the time of the incident," Lavaca County District Attorney Heather McMinn said.
Harmon said in his eight years as sheriff, he has only investigated six homicides. The autopsy on Flores won't be done for several weeks, the Advocate reports.
"This case has been very traumatizing on the child, her father and his entire family," he added.