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Why Would a Mother Kill Sandra Cantu?

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Over the weekend, Melissa Huckaby was charged with kidnapping and murder in the death of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu. Why?

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Melissa Huckaby and her 5-year-old daughter Madison live in the same mobile home park as Sandra Cantu's family. Huckaby is the pastor's granddaughter, and she taught Sunday school at the church. By all accounts, Melissa's daughter and Sandra were close friends, and played together frequently.

Then Sandra went missing. Her body was found last Monday, stuffed into a suitcase and submerged in a pond.

Police say that suitcase belongs to Melissa Huckaby. She had originally said the suitcase was hers, but that it had been stolen. She had also said that Sandra had come to her house the day she went missing, but Huckaby would not allow her daughter to play because she wanted her daughter to pick up her toys. Inconsistencies in her stories led to her arrest. She was arrested late Friday, and faces kidnapping and murder charges.

Police say they don't have a motive ... yet. CBS News reported Sunday that police believe Sandra was killed in the church.

A family member of Melissa's spoke to CNN. "We're very shocked," she said. "It's very out of character for Melissa. We love her dearly. She's a fantastic mother, very loving. ... This is a very difficult time for us and it's very difficult to express to you right now how we're feeling."

Huckaby was raised in Orange County and graduated from Brea Olinda High School in 1999, according to the Contra Costa Times. She moved to Tracy seven or eight months ago to help her grandparents, then decided to stay and enroll her daughter in kindergarten, family members said. Her father said Huckaby's only known emotional issues stem from a divorce.

According to the FBI, it's statistically unusual for a woman to be involved in anything like this. When asked what people should learn from the fact that a woman is suspected in the slaying, Tracy police spokesman Sgt. Tony Sheneman said, "You have to be 100 percent aware of who your children are talking to."

Why do you think Melissa Huckaby might have killed Sandra Cantu?

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Anonymous April 27, 2009, 10:06 PM

I have never heard “anything” so sad and shocking-as this! It’s very disturbing to vision what this monster did to Sandra. She was a beautiful little girl whose happiness came to an end from a “psychopath” whose life was evil. PARENTS—-ALWAYS BE YOUR CHILDRENS SHADOWS, dont allow them to stay at friends or go to friends ALONE! This is a wake-up call to each & every one of us!! This World is Evil! Read the Bible!

Anonymous April 28, 2009, 2:03 AM

For those still in denial.The female judge of the case has sealed Sandra’s autopsy report for fear of public outrage against Melissa H.
Not only did Melissa take a grand role in the rape and murder of this child,but the report is hinted to hold info that will fuel outrage the public has for this woman.I now wonder if Melissa poisoned or drugged the girl or worse yet did she cut up the body,or perhaps she did much more than just rape and murder,maybe she did something to her girlhood beyond description?It looks pretty bad for Melissa.It looks bad for those wishing for this to go away;even yet ofcourse we have Casey Marie Anthony to cover up for.maybe that story will go away too…

christel April 29, 2009, 6:56 PM

i think she wouldve killed her because she was jelous but shes a pig you never ever cut a girl up and throw her in a suitcase its gross u just dont do that kind of crap and the lady killed her daughters best freind its crazzy she has a child im not sayimg this is any better but y didnt she kill her own daughter the fact is that wasnt her child kill ur own daughter and see how much pain u would go through did she think about what she was doin before she did it did she think about what the parents would be going through after this i feel no sorrow for mellisa at all shes sick gross i hate what she did i will pray for her though what was so wrong with sandra what wasnt wrong with her own daughter its not even better for her to kill anyone but that wasnt her child

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