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Texas man kills daughter’s alleged attacker

SHINER, Texas - A father beat to death a man who he said tried to molest his 4-year-old daughter after the little girl was heard screaming at the family’s Texas ranch, authorities said.

Lavaca County Sheriff Micah Harmon said the father, whose name has not been released, will probably not be arrested for Saturday’s killing and that no evidence so far has led investigators to doubt his story.

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“There doesn’t appear to be any reason [for the killing] other than what he told us,’’ Harmon said Monday.

Harmon said the victim was a 47-year-old man from nearby Gonzales with no apparent prior criminal history. Authorities withheld his name because they had yet to track down his family.

The victim was an acquaintance of the father who had come to help care for some horses, Harmon said. He did not know how long the two men had known each other. The girl was taken to a hospital to be examined and has been released, Harmon said.

The father called police late Saturday afternoon and told them he attacked a man he caught trying to sexually assault his daughter, Harmon said.

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