An 8-year-old California boy was viciously beaten to death with a hammer while trying to protect his little sister from a child molester.

Investigators say Dante Daniels was killed when his mother’s ex-boyfriend, 23-year-old Deandre Chaney Jr., attacked the boy with the hammer, reported KFVS12.

Dante reportedly witnessed Chaney molesting his 7-year-old sister, Danae, the criminal complaint indicates.

“Trying to save his sister from this child molester, and that’s why he was beat the worst,” Dante’s grieving grandmother Monique Brown told KFVS12.

At some point during the brutal attack, Chaney turned the hammer and a knife on the young girl, as well as on the children’s mother, 28-year-old Elizabeth Salone.

Chaney also used lighter fluid in his horrific attack when he left all 3 for dead, not realizing they were not actually dead.

Dante was declared brain dead after the Sept. 1 attack and died six days later.

Both Salone and Danae survived, but Brown says her daughter will probably never see out of her left eye again and that her granddaughter will require a lot of additional care.

Brown considers her grandson a hero.

“Dante gave his heart to a 4-year-old in Southern California, so a 4-year-old lives because of [him],” Brown said.

Chaney is facing murder and attempted murder charges, along with a charge of lewd acts with a child under 14.

The family created a GoFundMe to help with recovery and other expenses.

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

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