TRACY, Calif. - Prosecutors said they're considering rape and molestation allegations against the woman suspected of killing an 8-year-old Northern California girl and putting her body in a suitcase.
Twenty-eight-year-old Melissa Huckaby was arrested Saturday on suspicion of kidnapping and murdering Sandra Cantu. The girl was a playmate of her 5-year-old daughter, Madison.
San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Robert Himmelblau said Monday that a homicide charge against Huckaby could include the special circumstances of rape with a foreign object, lewd and lacivious conduct with a child and murder in the course of a kidnapping.
Himmelblau wouldn't provide more details. Huckaby is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.
Sandra's body was found in a suitcase in an irrigation pond last week.
Huckaby's father, 48-year-old Brian Lawless of Cypress, said he did not believe his daughter was capable of what police accuse her of doing.
"I just can't comprehend. There are no words," he told reporters outside Clover Road Baptist Church in Tracy, just down the road from the mobile home park where Cantu was last seen alive.
Sandra Cantu disappeared on March 27, and her body was found by farmworkers, stuffed in a suitcase in an irrigation pond on April 6. Huckaby was arrested early Saturday.
Is it possible for a Sunday School teacher to sexually assault and murder a defenseless eight year old girl? Not to be morbid, but if a priest can assault a child, why not!?!