A mother reportedly slashed her boyfriend with a sword after she allegedly caught him molesting her five-year-old daughter.
The woman, who has not been identified, walked in on John Lawarren Williams, 25, allegedly abusing her daughter in her home in the US state of Georgia.
As the mother tried to get Mr Williams to leave the house she grabbed a sword and sliced him on one of his hands, according to Fox News.
Mr Williams eventually left the residence before the authorities arrived at the scene.
The mother and the child were taken to hospital and their current condition is unclear.
“When deputies made contact with the complainant it was discovered the complainant’s boyfriend had been caught molesting a five-year-old female child by the complainant (the child’s mother),” Twiggs County Sherrifs Offce said in a statement.
“The complainant had cut the subject with a large sword while attempting to get the subject to leave the residence. The subject fled the residence by the time deputies arrived.”
Mr Williams handed himself into the authorities the next morning and has been taken into custody.
He has been charged with aggravated child molestation and cruelty to children.