An 8-year-old boy has died after police in Sacramento, California’s capital city, say his mother’s ex-boyfriend beat him with a hammer. The boy, Dante Daniels, was declared brain dead after the attack and died a week later.
Deandre Chaney Jr., 23, was arraigned Friday on murder and attempted murder charges for the Sept. 1 attack.
In a four-page criminal complaint obtained by The Sacramento Bee, prosecutors allege Chaney beat his ex-girlfriend then attacked her 7-year-old daughter and Dante with a hammer. The latest criminal complaint also alleges that Chaney molested the 7-year-old girl.
Dante’s grandmother, Monique Brown, told WFSA that he died trying to help his sister get away from Chaney.
After the alleged attack, Chaney’s ex-girlfriend told investigators he tied her up and drove off in her car.
Authorities tracked Chaney to Winnemucca, Nevada, where they found him “wrapped in a tarp inside a backyard shed the morning of Sept. 2,” The Sacramento Bee reports. He was arrested on an outstanding warrant and later extradited to Sacramento.
A GoFundMe was created to help the mother and 7-year-old girl who survived the attack.