California Woman Arrested in Murder of 8-year-old Girl
A California woman was arrested Friday in connection with the death of an 8-year-old girl in the northeastern town of Tracy.
Melissa Huckaby, 28, drove herself to the police station and is now being held without bail,
Sgt. Tony Shenema of the Tracy Police Department told USA Today.
Huckaby is suspected in the death of Sandra Cantu, whose body was found in a farming irrigation pond on April 6 in a suitcase belonging to Huckaby.
Both individuals lived in the same mobile home park in Tracy. Huckaby told the Tracy Press that Sandra had visited her home the day she went missing to play with her daughter, but she had turned her away, USA Today reported.
Huckaby's grandfather, Clifford Lawless, is the pastor of the Clover Road Baptist Church where Huckaby taught Sunday school. The church, as well as the family's home and property, has been searched by police in connection with the case.
Sandra disappeared on March 27, and police believe she was already dead by the time she was reported as missing.
Barbara Sokoloski, a neighbor in the mobile home park, told USA Today that Sandra was "a friendly sweet little girl who always went around trying to find somebody to play with."