Monday, April 13, 2009


Rape charges may be added to the other charges being filed in the Sandra Cantu murder case.


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!?!


Nancy said...

I hadn't heard the latest. I think I'm going to throw up. I'm speechless right now.

Grandpa Eddie said...

I know how you feel Nancy.

This whole thing is so sick!

One Fly said...

What about this women's daughter? Damn near can't rule anything out.

Grandpa Eddie said...

One Fly - If her daughter was involved that would be really fucked up. But with some of the shit that goes down in today's world....who knows.

Cats r Flyfishn said...

This is awful and very unusual for a female to rape a little girl.

Grandpa Eddie said...

Cats r Flyfishn - It is very very awful, and unusual....but not unheard of. Although, when a woman is involved it is usually in concert with a dominating male.