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Woman arrested for murder of 8-year-old girl

A Sunday school teacher was arrested for the kidnapping and murder of an 8-year-old girl in a small town in northern California.

Police arrested Melissa Huckaby, 28, late Friday on suspicion of the kidnapping and murder of Sandra Cantu, who was found in a briefcase recovered from a pond in Tracy, Calif., on Monday after disappearing on March 27, according to Yahoo! News.

A motive has not been determined.

People living in Tracy were surprised in the arrest, since Huckaby is a woman and was the mother of Cantu's best friend, according to the Associated Press.

FBI statistics show women are involved in 7 percent of any type of murder.

"This was an anomaly in the murder of a child," police Sgt. Tony Sheneman said at a news conference Saturday in this northern California town. "Finding out that it is a woman who is responsible for Sandra's kidnapping and murder, and then finding out it is a member of the community is another blow."

Sheneman told AP that Huckaby had attended the second vigil for Cantu. Inconsistencies in her story led to her arrest. He also said there are no other suspects and no others are expected to be arrested.

Huckaby is the granddaughter of Pastor Clifford Lawless, whose church was searched earlier last week.

Police arrested Huckaby after several hours of questioning, according to Yahoo! News. She was booked into San Joaquin County Jail on charges of murder and kidnapping.