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Boy, 8, killed protecting his 7yo sister from sex abuse, what should we do with the killer? [POLL]

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Deandre Chaney, Jr. was caught in the act of sexually abusing a 7-year-old girl by her 8-year-old brother. Chaney beat little Dante Daniels with a hammer. Dante died six days later.

“This guy beat my grandson with a hammer. Down to his spine. They couldn’t save his brain,” Dante’s grandmother Monique Brown told KTXL.

We know justice should be blind, and should be administered fairly. But here’s a case we could call “open and shut.”

Chaney is the ex-boyfriend of Dante’s mother, 28-year-old Elizabeth Salone. At some point, investigators say the suspect turned the hammer and knife on Salone and the 7-year-old girl.

Salone sustained an eye injury during the altercation and will “probably never see out of her left eye,” Brown said.

The family harvested little Dante’s heart, which was transplanted to a 4-year-old in California. But Chaney, who was apprehended hiding under a tarp in a back yard shed, still lives. This wasn’t his first run-in with the law, or as a sexual offender. He had an outstanding warrant for failing to register as a sex offender, and other assault and battery charges dating back to 2011.

What should be done with Chaney?

Certainly, the death penalty exists for people like this.

California has not carried out a death sentence in eleven years. But a Supreme Court ruling on a voter ballot initiative, Proposition 66, may lead to resumption of executions in the state.

After 11-year hiatus, could death penalty soon be carried out again in California? – LA Times

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-death-row-qa-20170824-htmlstory.htmlCalifornia has not executed an inmate since 2006 because of issues related to the lethal injection method used. Courts struck down California’s previous three-drug lethal injection method, and Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration did not propose a new protocol until last year.

California’s death row is the largest in the country, and more than 15 prisoners have exhausted their appeals and could be executed.

What do you think?

It takes years for a death penalty case to wind its way through the courts. While someone like Chaney could easily earn a death sentence from a jury, he’d likely spend decades on death row, waiting.

Meanwhile, little Dante lost his entire life. This argument is solely about the 8th Amendment, prohibiting “cruel and unusual punishment.” That’s why certain kinds of lethal injection are no longer performed in America, because the three-drug protocol is banned in most of the world where the drugs are made, and those countries won’t sell it to us anymore.

Would it be cruel to sentence convicts of capital crimes against children to life without parole, the entire sentence in solitary confinement? Would it be cruel to sentence these convicts to a quick death by other means?

As for me, I’d be perfectly fine if they went medieval on Chaney. Drawing and quartering is too good for someone like that.

What do you think? Take our poll.

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Scarlett is a mom and a friend. She blogs for a living but really prefers to read more than write. She writes mostly about politics, but occasionally delves into book and movie reviews.

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