An 8-year-old boy was beaten to death with a hammer while trying to defend his sister from being molested.
According to WSFA, Dante Daniels, 8, caught his mother’s ex-boyfriend trying to commit a lewd act on his 7-year-old sister, Danae. That prompted 23-year-old Deandre Chaney Jr. to attack Dante, Danae and their 28-year-old mother Elizabeth Salone.
Police say that Chaney Jr. used a knife, a hammer and lighter fluid in the attack. Dante was injured the most. He was declared brain dead and died six days after the incident.
"Trying to save his sister from this child molester, and that's why he was beat the worst,” Dante’s grandmother, Monique Brown, told WSFA.
Salone and Danae survived, but they have been badly hurt. Brown said Salone will likely never see out of her left eye again. She added that her granddaughter will need a lot of help to recover.
Chaney Jr. is facing murder and attempted murder charges. A charge of lewd acts with a child under 14 have also been tacked on.
A GoFundMe has been created for the family.
“The children will never be the same from this tragedy nor will their mother. They will be traumatize from such vicious crime,” The GoFundMe states, adding that the victims will require counseling and surgery.
The little boy’s grandmother called him a hero.
"Dante gave his heart to a 4-year-old In Southern California, so a 4-year-old lives because of [him].”
[Photos: GoFundMe, Sacramento Police]