Father of murdered 3-year-old punches her killer in courtroom (VIDEO)

The father of a 3-year-old girl who died as the result of repeated blunt force trauma could not contain the anger he felt toward the man responsible as he came face to face with him in a Detroit courtroom Friday, and as news cameras were rolling, the father stood up and punched the man in the head.

Dwayne Smith was preparing to present a victim impact statement to the court during the sentencing of the child’s mother, Jasmine Gordon and her boyfriend, Clifford Thomas, who authorities said are responsible for the September 2014 death of Smith’s daughter. But instead of giving the statement, Smith walked over to Thomas and struck him on the head before deputies separated the men.

According to Paula Bridges, spokeswoman with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, no charges were filed against Smith, as Thomas did not wish to press the issue.

[ Detroit Free Press ]