Sandra Cantu laid to rest as accused murderer gets medical evaluation

April 16, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Sandra Cantu was laid to rest in a pink casket during a private burial Wednesday. And thousands came to pay their respects at a memorial service for the 8-year-old second-grader, filling the gymnasium at West High School in Tracy today. They came to celebrate the life of a little girl who was taken away too soon, the victim of a slaying allegedly committed by a playmate’s mother. Many wept as images of Sandra were projected on a screen.

Meanwhile there are more rumors regarding the defendant Sunday-school teacher Melissa Huckaby, 28, is charged with murder with special circumstances — kidnapping, lewd or lascivious acts on a child and rape by a foreign object.

On Tuesday, TV station KCRA 3 reported on its Web site that investigators close to the case said Huckaby admitted that Sandra Cantu’s death was an accident.

Investigators also told KCRA 3 that Huckaby said she wrote the note that she had originally said she found the day after Cantu’s March 27 disappearance.

Investigators told KCRA 3 that, according to Huckaby, the note read, “Cantu, Suitcase, Water” and also contained street names, including “Whitehall.” The word “suitcase” was misspelled.

Another report says, that days before her arrest Huckaby allegedly tried to commit suicide by swallowing razor blades. A year before that, a court ordered her to get mental-health counseling after she was busted for shoplifting.

Reportedly Huckaby is having medical evaluations to determine whether she should be prescribed psychotropic medications and likely set up a insanity defense.

Huckaby likely faces life in prison or the death penalty if convicted of her crimes.


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