According to a report from the Daytona Beach News-Journal, a man walked in on an adult molesting his 11 year-old son last week and beat him to a bloody pulp.
It was only after severely beating the man that the upset father called the police and admitted what had happened.
“I just walked in on a grown man molesting …,” the father told a police dispatcher. “And I got him in a bloody puddle for you officer.”
The News-Journal reports,
The 35-year-old unidentified father told police that he walked in on Frolander and interrupted him as Frolander sexually battered the boy, the report states.Asked by the dispatcher if any weapons were involved, the father said “my foot and my fist.”“I didn’t proceed to ask him any questions sir,” the father said. “He is nice and knocked out on the floor for you. I drug him out to the living room.”The father was not charged in Frolander’s beating, police spokesman Jimmie Flynt said.“Dad was acting like a dad. I don’t see anything we should charge the dad with,” Chitwood said. “You have an 18-year-old who has clearly picked his target, groomed his target and had sex with the victim multiple times.”Chitwood said the suspect lives next door to the victim.“The 18-year-old was almost like a family member,” the chief said.Asked in the 9-1-1 call if the man was injured, the father told the dispatcher he believed Frolander needed help.“Send an ambulance. He is going to need one,” the father said.
After being treated, Frolander admitted that he had molested the boy. Investigators revealed that the boy claimed he had been molested repeatedly by Frolander since the age of 8.
“He stood up and his pants were around his ankles and nothing else needed to be said,” the father told the police dispatcher. “I did whatever I got a right to do except I didn’t kill him.”The father added, “You are damn lucky, boy, that I love my God!”
It’s unlikely that the father will be charged and even if he is, it seems nearly impossible for the father to be convicted. Florida law allows for one to use force to stop an assault, so the father would only have to maintain that continued force was needed to stop the continued assault.
Further, if even one parent was present on the jury, the aforementioned case would serve as a prime example of justifiable jury nullification- where the jury refuses to convict even if, technically, the defendant was guilty.
Though we are a nation of laws, there exists a right to protect one’s children and to avenge them when they cannot defend themselves. This law exists, even if it is not written.