26 September, 2017
The grandmother of an eight-year-old boy in California is grieving after he was beaten to death while trying to protect his younger sister from molestation.
Chaney, a reported violent two-strike felon and sex offender, beat Dante in the early morning hours of September 1, while performing a lewd act on his 7-year-old sister, authorities said.
Dante was left brain dead following the attack and he died six days after.
Chaney is the ex-boyfriend of Dante's mother, 28-year-old Elizabeth Salone.
Lighter fluid was also reported to have been used.
"The guy beat my grandson with a hammer", Monique Brown, the children's grandmother told Fox 40.
Dante's heart, she said, was donated to a child in Southern California upon his death.
According to a filed criminal report, Chaney Jr was engaged in the crime of committing a lewd act on Danae, Dante's seven year old sister.More news: CCleaner Hacked to Distribute Malware
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. Investigators said Chaney is the ex-boyfriend of Dante's mother. The arrest warrant said she was likely beaten with a hammer.
According to the Sacramento Bee, Chaney Jr has a long criminal history.
In another incident in October 2015, an 11-year-old boy died while pushing his sister away from the path of a speedy vehicle.
Dante Daniels pictured with his mother, Elizabeth Salone and sister, Danae.Dante Daniels hailed a hero, trying to protect his younger sister.
Both Salone and Danae survived, but Brown says her daughter will probably never see out of her left eye again and her granddaughter will need a lot of help.
Chaney is now facing murder and attempted murder charges, along with the charge of a lewd act with a child under 14.
In October, Chaney plead no contest to a charge of failing to register as a sex offender.
A GoFundMe funfdraiser that has raised over $23,000 has been created for the family.