Mother's boyfriend arrested in murder of 8-year-old girl found dead in Merced, authorities say

A man was arrested Saturday in the Bay Area city of Newark on suspicion of murdering an 8-year-old girl whose body was discovered at his home in Me...

September 11, 2022
12:20 PM

A man was arrested Saturday in the Bay Area city of Newark on suspicion of murdering an 8-year-old girl whose body was discovered at his home in Merced, ending a months-long search for the suspect, the California attorney general's office and Merced police announced.Dhante Jackson has been charged with murder in the killing of Sophia Mason, who authorities say was 'forced to live in a shed in Jackson's yard' and suffered 'sexual and physical abuse.'The girl's mother, Samantha Johnson, was charged with murder and child abuse in March.

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