Teacher Arrested in Death of Sandra Cantu

Sunday School teacher Melissa Huckaby has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and killing 8-year-old Sandra Cantu, whose body was found in a suitcase in an irrigation pond earlier this week.

From the Associated Press:

Melissa Huckaby, 28, was arrested at 11:55 p.m. Friday, about five hours after she drove herself to the local police station at the request of officers, said police Sgt. Tony Sheneman.

“She gave enough information to us during the course of the interview that probable cause was there to arrest her,” said Sheneman. No other arrests were made.

Police did not say how Sandra died or give a possible motive. Sheneman wouldn’t go into specifics but told The Associated Press that interviews with Huckaby in The Tracy Press had revealed inconsistencies that prompted further inquiries from investigators.

Huckaby’s family had been questioned at length during the investigation, and their home and vehicles had been searched, Sheneman said.

Huckaby was being held without bail at the San Joaquin County Jail, with arraignment set for Tuesday, according to the county sheriff‘s Web site.

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12 Comments on “Teacher Arrested in Death of Sandra Cantu”

  1. Curious Says:

    What the hell happened to thou shall not kill??? Just more proof that just gong to church does not make yu a christian.


  2. I don’t understand how something like this could happen. Sandra was a beautiful little girl, I have 3 little boys and I would be devistated if anything were to happen to any one of them. I pray for the family and wish them comfort in knowing that one day they will see her again in heaven. God Bless your family.

  3. Thoughts Says:

    We should always try to go to Church as often as possible to be with Christians but it certainly doesn’t make anyone a Christian. People pretend to be alot of things , we must have a discerning heart to see the truth. Being a true Christian is in your heart and between you and Jesus. Some people go to Church to cover who they really are to appear normal.They do things in the name of religion to justfiy their actions but the real God knows the truth.

  4. moe Says:

    I am completely shocked . Another mother kills a child
    albeit not her own ,but I am a mother and I cannot imagine doing harm to any child. Certainly does not fit the profile I had imagined.

  5. Darlynn Says:

    This case is somewhat of an anomoly; we see women killing their own, but not another’s. I suspect this woman did something awful in the presence of Sandra, perhaps she beat her own daughter and Sandra was a witness. We will see.

  6. vidkid Says:

    Hang her azz high, right in front of her church….. where’s the last place you think you would find evil…. the church.

  7. zelda Says:

    I didn’t think I could be this shocked yet again.But I am deeply disturbed by this death .It’s beyond all that I need to have in my mind to just put one foot in front of the other.MY gawd!
    How very very gut wrenching.
    Have we all gone mad????
    These murders are all over the news………!!!!
    I am beyond the simplest of words…….

  8. Honeydog0629 Says:

    NOT in my wildest Dreams was I expecting to hear that
    a WOMAN would be responsible for taking little Sandra’s Life, but a TEACHER… of SUNDAY School no less. I just can’t get over it. Something definitely had to have gone terribly wrong between these two, and this Woman HAS to be VERY, VERY Mentally SICK.
    One thing I don’t understand is, it had been reported earlier that a “Witness” had observed a Vehicle sitting on the Road along the Drainage-Pond on the day Sandra went Missing, with a MAN inside it who was “Suspiciously-fidgeting”. I wonder if it was actually this Teacher, thought to be a Man. I suppose we’ll learn the Details soon enough, but I am at least glad that an Apprehension has been made in this Horrific and deeply Sad Case. I feel so badly for this innocent little Girl and her Family.

  9. mstinytoesinca Says:

    I bet she had biracial children. No father/husband around. Spoiled granddaughter of the pastor.
    Believed in the rapture and all bad christians go to hell.

  10. zelda Says:

    Melissa is covering for someone….her grandfather?

  11. zelda Says:

    uhhhhhhhhhh…………I didn’t send this last post about the grandfather….do you have two Zeldas?????

  12. kreuzer33 Says:

    It’s a different IP address than the one you use. It looks like someone else using the same handle.


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