This may not have been the best choice, but at times it may have proved the only choice to prevent a more horrific response. Ideally you should have done what you suggested, but forgive yourself as the ideal is not always an option. If it feels right, i might suggest that you reopen the lines of communications with a telephone call and try to explain what and why what happened transpired. We are all human and to err is human. Best wishes and good luck.
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