Police make arrest in the Sandra Cantu murder
A 28 year old Sunday school teacher at her grandfather’s Baptist church has been arrested in connection with the the murder of 8 year old Sandra Cantu. Melissa Huckaby is being held without bail at the San Joaquin County Jail. According to police, she gave enough information to warrant probable cause for her arrest.
The suitcase Sandra’s body was found in belonged to Ms. Huckaby though she said she said she had left it in her driveway that day and it had been stolen. She said Sandra had come by her house earlier in the day to play with her daughter but that she sent her home because her child needed to pick up her toys.
Huckaby had been hospitalized earlier in the week for alleged internal bleeding, but was later released. She has a known mental history and has been arrested in the past for theft.
Police have not revealed how they think Sandra Cantu died, but they did say they now believe she was killed before she was reported missing to the police.
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This is beyond tragic to me. If this woman did kill Sandra Cantu, it says you can’t ever be sure who is out there that might want to harm your child–even your children’s playmates’ mothers. Scary times we live in.