Sunday School Teacher Arrested in Killing of 8-Year-Old
Police arrested a Sunday school teacher in connection with the killing of an 8-year-old Tracy, Calif., girl whose body was found in a suitcase dumped in an irrigation pond by farmworkers last week, the Star Tribune reported.
Melissa Huckaby, 28, a local minister's granddaughter, was arrested late Friday, police Sgt. Tony Sheneman said. She was being held without bail in connection with the death of Sandra Cantu, who disappeared on March 27.
Huckaby walked into the police station Friday and started a conversation with officers, Sheneman said. She went back and forth from being calm to emotional, eventually becoming "resigned," he said.
FOX News additionally reported that Huckaby voluntarily went to police for questioning and was taken into custody nearly five hours later, at 1 a.m. Saturday.
“She gave enough information to us during the course of the interview that probable cause was there to arrest her,” Tracy Police Sgt. Tony Sheneman said. (FOX News)
The Star Tribune reported that police said Huckaby's daughter was a close friend of Cantu. Cantu's mother was devastated, said Angie Chavez, Cantu's aunt, to the Associated Press. Cantu lived in a mobile home park with her mother.
"It's not over," Chavez said. "This is just the beginning of a horrible nightmare."
$32,000 was the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Cantu's killer, last seen skipping down the street near her mobile home, police announced in a Friday afternoon press conference, FOX News reported.
No autopsy results have yet been released. Police said they do not know the motive for the killing.
"I want to know why she did it, if she did it," Chaves said. (FOX News)