Everybody in Tracy, Ca., was on the lookout for “the monster, the madman who would do this,” a police spokesman told the Sacramento Bee about the murder of Sandra Cantu, 8. Instead, investigators said it was a neighbor – the mother of one of her best friends – who kidnapped and killed the girl, then stuffed her little body in a suitcase and dumped it into a dairy drainage pond. On Saturday, police arrested Melissa Chantel Huckaby, 28, a Sunday school teacher.
“Finding out it’s a woman responsible for Sandra’s kidnapping and murder, and finding out it’s a member of the community is another blow, and finding out it was someone Sandra’s family knew is a double blow,” Tracy Police Sgt. Tony Sheneman said. Huckaby drove into the Tracy police station “on her own accord,” Sheneman said, for her second interview with police. “She walked in the front door of the police department and started a conversation with our investigators,” he said. “During the course of the conversation, she was calm, cool and collected, and then became very emotional, and was calm again, and then became resigned.”