Boy, 8, hammered to death to protect his sister from sexual abuse

Dante Daniels

The grandmother of an 8-year-old boy who police said was beaten to death by this mother's ex-boyfriend told Fox 40 that the boy died protecting his sister from his mother's child-molester ex-boyfriend.

Dante Daniels caught his mother's ex-boyfriend Deandre Chaney Jr. He was declared brain dead and died six days after the incident.

Investigators say at some point, Chaney Jr. turned a hammer and knife on Danae, as well as the children's mother, 28-year-old Elizabeth Salone.

23, attacked Dante Daniels with a hammer and lighter fluid, Fox 40 reported, citing a criminal complaint.

Danae and Dante's grandmother Monique Brown said that Dante was trying to save his sister and that was why he was given the most aggressive beating.

According to FOX40, Dante was a third-grade pupil at Oakridge Elementary, and the day of the attack was supposed to be his second day at school. Brown said her grandson was a little boy who brought a smile to her face. Salone told detectives that she was "struck at least three times" with a hammer from behind as she went to check on her child.

Chaney was found in Nevada on September 2.

After the assault, cops say Chaney stole the family's vehicle and fled the scene.

Salone and Danae survived, but they have been badly hurt.

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

Ms Brown revealed her daughter has probably lost the sight in her left eye and seven-year-old Danae will need long-term care too, a GoFundMe page has been set up to pay for the medical costs.

His criminal record also includes charges for robbery and rape in 2007, forced oral copulation in 2008 and lewd acts with a dependent adult as a caretaker in 2009.

A GoFundMe has been created for the family as they recover.

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