An 8-year-old is now dead after being brutally beaten with a hammer as he tried to protect his little sister from his mother’s ex boyfriend, a registered sex offender.
Dante Daniels, a third grade student at South Sacramento Oakridge Elementary died Sept. 1 after incurring injuries while trying to stop 23-year-old Deandre Chaney Jr. from performing a lewd act on his 7-year-old sister.
And the details of the tragedy only get worse.
via NY Daily News:
“Chaney, who pleaded no contest last year to a charge of failing to register as a sex offender, was the ex-boyfriend of Dante’s mother, 28-year-old Elizabeth Salone.
‘The guy beat my grandson with a hammer,’ Monique Brown, the children’s grandmother told Fox 40. ‘Down to his spine. They couldn’t save his brain.’
The criminal complaint states that Chaney used lighter fluid during the attack, and at point turned the hammer and a knife on Dante’s sister.
‘Trying to save his sister from this child molester and that’s why he was beat the worst.’ Brown said.
According to an arrest warrant, the children were home alone with Chaney when the attack happened. Salone had asked him to watch her children while she took her brother to work, the Sacramento Bee reports.
When she returned home, she heard one of her children crying. 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 then tied her up and poured lighter fluid on her.
Police said he grabbed her car keys and some other items and left in Salone’s vehicle. Chaney was captured a day after the attack in Nevada hiding in someone’s backyard.
Both Salone and her daughter survived, but Salone’s left eye was damaged during the attack.
‘She will probably never see out of her left eye,’ Brown said. ‘My granddaughter will need a lot of help.’
Brown said even after Dante’s death, he’s continuing to help people. A 4-year-old boy in California received Dante’s heart.
Chaney was arraigned on murder, attempted murder and charged with lewd acts with a child under 14.
This is a terribly tragic situation all-around. We’re not sure why a mother would choose to leave her kids with a man who pleaded no contest to a charge of failing to register as a sex offender a year prior.”
Rest in peace Dante. You left this world a hero.