September 28, 2022

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Authorities stated Saturday {that a} California man wished in reference to the homicide of an 8-year-old lady was arrested after six months on the run.

Dhante Jackson, 33, was taken into custody in Newark, California round 1:40 p.m., the Merced Police Division stated. He was incarcerated within the Merced County Jail for homicide and little one abuse.

Jackson is charged with the homicide of Sophia Mason, whose physique was present in a Merced residence in March after relations in Hayward reported her lacking. Jackson was courting Sophia’s mom, Samantha Johnson, 31, on the time of the kid’s homicide.

“Our hearts and ideas stay with the household and family members of little Sophia; we can’t think about your ache as you proceed to mourn the lack of her,” Hayward Police Division stated in an announcement.


Dhante Jackson, 33, has been on the run for six months after the homicide of Sophia Mason.
(Merced Police Division)

No different particulars had been launched and police stated the case was nonetheless being investigated.

Johnson was arrested days after her daughter’s physique was found. She has since pleaded not responsible to the kid’s homicide.

After Jackson’s arrest, Melissa Harris, Sophia’s cousin, informed The Sacramento Bee that whereas she was grateful that justice could be carried out, the kid’s loss of life may have been prevented if the correct authorities had acted when the household reported their suspicions of abuse.

Sophia Mason was found murdered in March at her home in Merced, California.

Sophia Mason was discovered murdered in March at her residence in Merced, California.
(Hayward Police Division)

“(These businesses) had a number of probabilities to intervene and so they by no means did,” Harris stated. “I hope those that downplay the struggling of a younger little one will probably be fired.”


Harris stated Sophia’s mom had developmental issues and she or he believed that Jackson offered each the lady and her mom for sexual exploitation.

Jackson’s arrest was a part of a coordinated effort involving the Merced Police Division, the Merced Space Gang and Drug Enforcement Unit (MAGNET), and the California Division of Justice’s Particular Operations Division.


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