A man was left in critical condition after being almost lynched and beaten by furious local store clerks after he attempted to rape a three-year-old boy.

His would-be lynchers initially refused to hand him over to the authorities as they feared that he could be released.

Local news reports, the unnamed man had attempted to rape the toddler, on Úrsulo Galván street, in Veracruz, Mexico, until baffled shopkeepers went to investigate the noise made by the attempted rape.

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