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This undated photo provided by the Sacramento Police Department shows Deandre Chaney Jr. On Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, Sacramento police say their counterparts in Nevada have arrested Chaney, who they believe beat his former girlfriend and two children with a hammer until they were critically injured. (Sacramento Police Department via AP)

California police arrested a man they say beat his ex-girlfriend and her children with a hammer

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An 8-year-old boy has died after police in Sacramento, California, 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.

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