DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A Florida father who beat up his son’s alleged rapist has been hailed as a hero by many.
But he says his son is the one who is a true hero.
“My immediate feeling was to kill him so he will never hurt anyone again,” the victim’s dad said.
CNN affiliate WESH doesn’t identify child abuse victims, or their relatives, to protect the family.
So in talking to the victim’s father, WESH obscured his likeness, though he believes the face of the accused, 18-year-old Raymond Frolander, is getting too much publicity.
The victim’s father doesn’t regret his reaction after walking in on Frolander allegedly abusing his boy, but he isn’t bragging about it either.
He is, however, bragging about the victim, his son.
“My son saved Raymond. Raymond was motionless on our floor, I went to the kitchen to grab a butcher knife and my son stopped me. My son came in front of me and saved his attacker’s life,” the father said.
The father said he treated Frolander like one of his own and says police reports that Frolander was abusing the boy for the last three years are wrong.
He claims there was an attempt three years ago, but then Frolander left town and only recently returned. The victim never told anyone about the attempt, so dad knew nothing until he walked in on a sexual battery.
The beating was brutal, but not life-threatening. The father says that’s because of his 11-year-old, who dad thinks forgives Frolander.
“I think he must have because of, he saved his life,” he said.
WESH’s Claire Metz asked: “You don’t forgive Raymond, but your son does?”
“It’s going to be a long time before I ever forgive that, if I can,” he said.
Frolander faces a charge of sexual battery of a child. He is being held without bond.