Murder alleged of Merced child. Dhante Jackson being sought. Mar 23, 2022 20:16:14 GMT almagata likes this
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Horrific details emerge in death of Merced child, 8. Alleged killer still on the run BY MADELINE SHANNON UPDATED MARCH 21, 2022 8:13 PM Dhante Jackson, far left, is wanted in the murder of 8-year-old Sophia Mason, center. Sophia’s mother Samantha Johnson, right, was charged Monday with murder and felony child abuse. MERCED POLICE/MERCED SHERIFF'S OFFICE The mother of 8-year-old Sophia Mason, whose body was found inside a north Merced home earlier this month, has been formally charged with murder and felony child abuse. Samantha Johnson, 31, remains in custody at the John Latorraca Correctional Facility, while her boyfriend Dhante Jackson, 34, remains wanted by law enforcement. He is also charged with murder and child abuse in Sophia’s death. Johnson is scheduled to be arraigned March 28 in Merced County Superior Court. On March 11, Merced police found Sophia’s body in the 500 block of Barclay Way. Merced police found the residence after acting on information from Hayward police, who had arrested Johnson on suspicion of child abuse. The home was also believed to be Jackson’s residence. According to a Merced police investigation report, Hayward Police Department located Jackson at the same time Johnson, Sophia’s mother, was arrested on suspicion of child abuse. However, Jackson was released at the scene because at that time, Hayward police “did not have any information to lead them to believe that (Jackson) had any possible involvement in the child abuse case,” according to the police document. JOHNSON’S STATEMENTS TO POLICE Meanwhile, the documents from the Merced Police Department’s investigation contain statements Johnson made to detectives during questioning. Many of the details are disturbing, and paint a picture of a child who endured extreme suffering before her death, based on her mother’s statements to detectives. For example, Johnson told a Merced police detective that Jackson, her boyfriend, had kept Sophia in a shed outside of the house in Merced. Johnson also told Merced police the child was subjected to physical and sexual abuse by Jackson. The police documents indicate detectives located evidence that abuse happened. Police reports show detectives do have cell phones that belonged to Jackson and Johnson. Johnson told police that she had given permission to Jackson to “discipline” Sophia — and the abuse became more severe over time. Still, Johnson told police she did nothing to stop Jackson from abusing the child because she feared him. The mother told police that on Feb. 10 she had removed Sophia, who was covered in feces, from the shed to take a shower. Jackson had been in the bathroom with the child, and there was a loud “thud,” as if someone had fallen, Johnson told police. Johnson told police Jackson had told her the child had wanted to be left alone. Johnson also said the next morning she had looked for her daughter, but saw a sliding glass door was open and thought she had left the home. “Johnson stated that she believed in her mind that (Sophia) had runaway (sic),” the police report stated. Under questioning, Johnson told detectives she had looked for her daughter for two weeks, but then stopped. “Jackson told Johnson that your daughter (Sophia) does not want to be with you and does not want to be your daughter anymore. Johnson stated that Jackson told her this so that is the reason why she stopped looking for (Sophia),” the police report states.
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