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Boy beaten with hammer while protecting sister dies

26 September 2017

Early in the morning on September 1, investigators say his mother's ex-boyfriend, 23-year-old Deandre Chaney Jr., attacked Dante with a hammer.

Investigators said Daniels' mother's ex-boyfriend, 23-year-old Deandre Chaney, Jr., attacked the eight-year-old with the hammer early in the morning.

Dante Daniels was declared brain dead after the attack by his mother's former partner in Sacremento, California, and died six days later.

At some point, Chaney Jr. turned a hammer and knife on Danae, as well as the children's mother.

The complaint alleges Chaney Jr. also used lighter fluid.

"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.

Brown added that Dante's last act of kindness was to donate his heart to a four-year-old in Southern California.

Chaney facing murder and attempted murder charges as well as charges related to the molestation of the seven-year-old sister.

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Salone sustained an eye injury during the altercation and will "probably never see out of her left eye", Brown said.

Police said he got her auto keys and some different things and left in Salone's vehicle. Dante is pictured with his sister, Danae, who at the time was being sexually abused by Chaney Jr. "So a 4-year-old lives on because of".

The hero little boy had just started third grade and completed two days of school; he never made it in for his third day of class.

Police said a 16-year-old was detained in connection with the death of 14-year-old Bedford resident, Kaytlynn Cargill.

According to an arrest warrant, the children were home alone with Chaney when the attack happened.

In October, Chaney plead no contest to a charge of failing to register as a sex offender.

The family has created a GoFundMe to help with recovery and other expenses.

Boy beaten with hammer while protecting sister dies