Did Suspect in Sandra Cantu Killing Abduct Another Little Girl in January?

April 21, 2009

(ChattahBox) — There is a new backstory regarding the defendant Sunday-school teacher Melissa Huckaby, 28, who is charged with the kidnapping and murder of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu.

A new report in the Tracy Press, says Cantu may have previously abducted another young girl at her Tracy, Calif., mobile home park.

The hometown newspaper, reports that police are following up on an incident on January 17, where a woman allegedly led a 7-year-old girl from the Orchard Estates Mobile Home Park to a nearby park, kept her there for four hours and gave her muscle relaxants. Huckaby and Sandra Cantu lived lived in the same complex.

The girl’s family took her to the hospital, where doctors found benzodiazepines in her bloodstream, according to the report. The newspaper also reports that the suspect in the case was seen driving the same type of car as Huckaby, a purple Kia Sportage, and that police not surprisingly have now tied that incident to the accused killer.

An earlier report also alleged, 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, the granddaughter of a local pastor, is due back in court April 24 to enter a plea. She likely faces life in prison or the death penalty if convicted of her crimes.


5 Responses to “Did Suspect in Sandra Cantu Killing Abduct Another Little Girl in January?”

  1. olivia on April 21st, 2009 11:07 am

    She isn’t insane, and if the courts are fair they will not accept that plea. This all shows classic escalation, which can be found in a number of cases of child or serial killers. She wasn’t smart enough to cover her tracks, that is it, and if they had not tied her to poor Sandra she would have killed until she was caught, I guarantee it.

    I think the problem here is that there is often a double standard when it comes to sexually motivated crimes again children done by men vs women. Really, it isn’t any different, and she should pay the way a man would, because the actions were the same.

    Horrifying, truly.

  2. dcampbell on April 21st, 2009 12:03 pm

    what would being a sunday school teacher have to do with her crime? was she the victims s.s.teacher? I can see if a golfer attacked someone on the golf course you would say, golfer attackes man. if she commited the crime while in the capacity of her s.s teaching responsibilities, or used her role as a teacher in carrying out the crime I would understand. If not it sounds like sensationalism.

  3. Bear on April 21st, 2009 12:13 pm

    I don’t think this is sensationalism, reporting her profession. People in certain jobs tend to be ‘more trusted’ and the moral of this tragic story is you have to be careful about everyone your child interacts with. Here you have a mother whose child played with and was best friends with the victim and this happens.

  4. olivia on April 21st, 2009 5:43 pm

    Agreed, Bear. Besides, you have to assume that she DID use her professional capacity, as well as her position as a friend’s mother, in order to lure the girl into a false sense of security. She likely would have used the same tactics with the other girl. Who would mistrust a Sunday School teacher?

    It isn’t sensationalism to point out the shocking nature of a crime committed by a trusted authority figure. Besides, there is some debate that she may have committed the crime inside of the church, or at least parts of it. We will have to wait until she is convicted, which I am guessing with so much evidence against her, she will be, to find out how much her role effected the situation.

  5. mj on April 22nd, 2009 1:47 am

    What about the District Attorney who failed to prosecute Huckaby in her previous abduction? Would Sandra be alive today if Huckaby was prosecuted to the fullest extend of the law? All to often, being a mother for 18 years, I see predators getting off because they violate children. Children are not considered good witnesses and they are not well protected when a defense attorney tears them apart, but who speaks for the innocence of a child. We trust our DAs to uphold the law and prosecute those who disregard the law. Where is the accountability???

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