California boy dies after being beaten with hammer while protecting sister from sex abuse
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- An 8-year-old California boy was beaten to death with a hammer while protecting his younger sister from being sexually assaulted by his mother's ex-boyfriend, according to KTXL. Dante Daniels was brutally beaten with a hammer on Sept. 1. He died six days later. According to a criminal complaint, 23-year-old Deandre Chaney Jr. was performing a criminal lewd act on Dante's 7-year-old sister when the child stepped in to help.