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Should father be charged for punishing alleged child molester?

Sometimes, an incident or criminal law matter comes up that is not directly tied to the state of Colorado but is still worth thinking about. Sex assault on a child is a crime that is taken seriously throughout the country and within the state. But it is up to the criminal justice system to take those matters seriously, not supposed child victims' parents, right?

Last weekend, a man was killed by a father who alleges that he walked in on his young daughter being molested. According to Time, the father saw the man inappropriately handling his 4-year-old daughter. The father responded as many parents would. He got angry. But that's not where his response stopped.

Many parents find themselves asking what they would have done in this situation. If they walked in on their child supposedly being sexually assaulted, would they take the child and run or would they lose control? In last weekend's Texas incident, the father got upset and became physically violent. He attacked the alleged abuser and punched him in the head. Those blows were ultimately fatal.

Now, all that the public is left with is the father's account of what supposedly happened. The supposed child molester never got a chance for his actions to be investigated by the proper authorities or for an unbiased court to evaluate any evidence. By attacking him, the father essentially judged and sentenced him all on his own.

Authorities are looking into the incident and are yet to determine whether the father will face any criminal consequences for his violent actions. Those who argue that the father should be left alone believe that he was simply defending a child who couldn't defend herself. Others see how the father took the law into his own hands. Living in a world where that is acceptable could lead to complete chaos.

We will post an update when there is a development in this story.

Source: Time, "Should Parents Be Allowed to Kill People Who Sexually Molest their Kids?" Bonnie Rochman, June 12, 2012

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