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Hayward Mom Samantha Johnson Pleads Not Guilty To Killing Her 8-Year-Old Daughter

MERCED (CBS SF) — Hayward mother Samantha Johnson pleaded not guilty Monday to charges she murdered her 8-year-old daughter Sophia Mason, whose body was found in a bathtub inside the Merced County home of Johnson’s boyfriend. Dressed in a yellow jail jumpsuit, Johnson did not speak as her public defender Beth Lee entered the plea in Merced Superior Court. Outside the courtroom, Lee told reporters that Johnson was also a victim of her boyfriend, 34-year-old Dhante Jackson, who remains at large and is also charged with murder in the case. “There were two victims of Mr. Jackson,” she said. “One survived and...
MERCED, CA
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