Melissa Huckaby, a 28 year old Sunday school teacher has been arrested in the murder of 8 year old Sandra Cantu. Melissa Huckaby was arrested at approximately 2:00 am EST on suspicion of kidnapping and murder of Sandra Cantu.
Melissa Huckaby, a neighbor whose own daughter was one of Sandra’s playmates charged with murder
Police believe that Melissa Huckaby murdered Sandra Cantu before the young 8 year old girl’s mother reported her missing. Melissa Huckaby was a neighbor whose own daughter was one of Sandra’s playmates.
Police have not yet stated a motive as to why Huckaby would have murdered the 8 year old girl, but stated that there were inconsistencies in the story that she had provided to investigators. Melissa Huckaby lives with her grandparents in the Orchard Estates Mobile Home Park and is a Sunday school teacher at the nearby Clover Road Baptist Church, where her grandfather, Lane Lawless, is the pastor. [Correction: Huckaby was a Sunday school teacher, but not at this church].
Police would not reveal what led to Huckaby’s arrest, but said it followed questioning. They did not offer a possible motive.
Huckaby lived in the same mobile home park as Sandra’s family, and Sandra was friends with Huckaby’s daughter, Sheneman said.
Check out the video of a recent interview with Melissa Huckaby and what she told the media. Obviously these comments conflicted with what she told authorities. She claimed she provided a hand written note found in front of Cantu’s home to police.
Just yesterday it was reported that an arrest was imminent as Tracy Police Sergeant Tony Sheneman stated they are narrowing their investigation in one direction.
UPDATE I: More details can be found at Blink on Crime regarding the arrest of Melissa Huckaby. Also some corrected facts that were initially incorrectly reported by the media.
To further discuss the case and provide your opinions, go to Scared Monkeys.net: Sandra Cantu.