8 y/o boy beat with a hammer in California while trying to protect younger sister from being molested!

This was my biggest nightmare.  My heart aches for this family!

Dante Daniels was brutally beaten with a hammer on Sept. 1. after trying to stop his Mom's ex boyfriend from molesting his baby sister.

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.

“That’s why he was beat the worst,” the grandmother told KTXL. The grandmother said she was told that Dante was beaten "down to his spine." After that, the suspect attacked his Mom and sister with a knife and hammer!  Dante Died hours later.

After the assault, cops say Chaney stole the family's vehicle and fled the scene. Chaney was arrested hours later on an outstanding warrant in the state of Nevada.

He's being charged with Dante's murder and assault of 28-year-old Elizabeth Salone and her daughter.

Poor baby will need counseling for the rest of her life.  A family member started a Gofundme page to help with expenses.