A father has killed a man he caught sexually assaulting his young daughter in Texas.
The incident happened at a social gathering at the family home on Saturday.
According to police the father caught the man in the act of molesting his daughter.
He attacked the man hitting him repeatedly in the head.
The four year old was taken to hospital for observations and was later released.
She is said to be 'ok', despite some obvious mental trauma.
The alleged child molester was pronounced dead at the scene.
Lavaca County Sheriff Micah Harmon said the said the father was "very remorseful" and didn't intend to kill him
"You have a right to defend your daughter," he told CNN. I'll 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 found the man, who has not yet been identified, "died from blunt-force head and neck injuries."