The Washington Post
Mother’s boyfriend accused of killing girl
After a months-long manhunt, police arrested a suspect in the death of an 8-year-old girl who had been reported missing before her body was found in March inside a central California home, authorities said Sunday.
Dhante Jackson was taken into custody Saturday in the San Francisco Bay area city of Newark on suspicion of killing Sophia Mason, police and the California attorney general’s office said.
Investigators determined that the girl suffered continuous physical abuse, was malnourished and at times was forced to live in a shed in the backyard of Jackson’s home, Lt. Joe Perez of the Merced police said Sunday during a news conference.
Jackson was in a relationship with the girl’s mother, 30-yearold Samantha Johnson, who was arrested in March and has pleaded not guilty to murder and child abuse, prosecutors said.
Jackson, 34, also faces murder and child abuse charges. It wasn’t known Sunday whether he has an attorney who could comment.
Four other people were arrested Saturday on suspicion of helping Jackson evade arrest, Perez said.