Mother’s Boyfriend Finally Arrested On Suspicion Of Killing Missing 8-Year-Old Girl In California

Mother’s boyfriend arrested in killing of California girl, 8 – ABC News

After a months-long manhunt, Dhante Jackson was arrested on suspicion of killing 8-year-old Sophia Mason in Merced, California. He was helped evade arrest by several female acquaintances, who provided him with money, transportation and shelter.

Police arrested Jackson as the suspect in the death of an 8-year-old girl who had been reported missing before her body was found inside a central California home, authorities said Sunday. The girl’s mother was arrested in March and has pleaded not guilty to murder and child abuse.

Sophia was reported missing by relatives in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Hayward. Police arrested Johnson on a warrant stemming from a case of child abuse in Alameda County last year, and found Sophia’s body in a bathtub, inside a locked bathroom.

Sophia’s grandmother filed a wrongful death legal claim against Alameda County, alleging the Department of Child and Family Services didn’t do enough to protect the little girl.

The Merced Police Department says Jackson will face charges in the murder of Johnson’s child. They say Sophia was forced to live in a metal shed in the backyard and was sexually abused by Jackson.

Sophia lived in Merced but had been known to visit Hayward with her mother, who was taken into custody and now faces charges of felony child abuse and first-degree murder.

For additional information on this tragic murder, please consider the news outlets listed below.

  1. Mother’s boyfriend arrested in killing of California girl, 8  ABC News
  2. Raw: Authorities provide details regarding arrest in Sophia Mason murder  KPIX CBS SF Bay Area
  3. California authorities capture fugitive accused of killing an 8-year-old girl 6 months ago  CNN
  4. Dhante Jackson, accused of abusing, killing 8-year-old girl in Merced, arrested in Bay Area after months-long manhunt  KGO-TV
  5. California man accused of killing 8-year-old girl arrested after 6 months on the run  Fox News
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