Originally published June 15, 2012 at 3:33 p.m., updated June 15, 2012 at 4:38 p.m.
Officials release name of man beaten to death
Almost a week after news of a father beating a man to death in Shiner made national headlines, the district attorney's office has released the name of the man who was allegedly caught in the act of molesting a 5-year-old child.
Jesus Mora Flores, 47, was working as a horse hand for the Shiner man. Deputies found a permanent resident card on Flores at the scene of the crime, said Sheriff Micah Harmon.
The Sheriff's office is currently in communication with the Mexican Consulate in search of the victim's family members.
At 3:34 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, the Lavaca County 911 emergency service responded to a call for medical assistance for Flores after the father had realized his beatings had gone further than he intended.
Flores suffered several blows to the head and neck area. The autopsy was conducted in Travis County and was assisted by the Texas Rangers. The child was given a physical exam and forensic interview, also conducted by the Texas Rangers.
The child's family members and father have all been very cooperative with the investigation, Harmon said.
"The physical evidence at the scene appeared to substantiate the father's account: When emergency medical personnel arrived, Jesus Mora Flores' pants and underwear were down and the man's genitals were exposed," Harmon said.
Lavaca County District Attorney Heather McMinn said she thinks that the sheriff did the right thing by not arresting the father after the assault.
"At this time, I believe the homicide investigation should be sent to the grand jury," McMinn said. "Sheriff Harmon made the right decision in not arresting the father at the time of the incident. All of the evidence surrounding this homicide will be presented to the grand jury as soon as possible."
Harmon said the father is indeed very remorseful about killing Flores, and that he did not intend to do so.
"This case has been very traumatizing on the child, her father and his entire family," Harmon said. "I'm thankful the investigation is complete and that the District Attorney will be presenting it to the grand jury next week."