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I know why the judge sealed the details of the rape. Why would a woman rape with an object and then kill this child? If she filmed it maybe?
Disgusting subhuman bitch. I hope the police followed all leads and angles in this case, it would be horrifying if there existed a film or pedophile pictures somewhere. Scum.
This is just speculation but was the first thought that popped in my mind when I read the charges, and then the fact it was sealed?
Santa is an elitist mother fucker -- giving expensive shit to rich kids and nothing to poor kids.
Sunday School Teacher Tearfully Apologizes for Killing 8-Year-Old
By Howard Breuer
Monday June 14, 2010 01:55 PM EDT
Melissa Huckaby had tears, but no answers.
In a packed courtroom in Stockton, Calif., the former Sunday school teacher faced the family of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu and offered an apology on Monday.
"I should not have taken her from you," said Huckaby at a sentencing hearing in which she received the expected life in prison without parole as part of a plea deal.
Sandra's stunned family had waited more than a year to hear why the 29-year-old mom murdered her daughter’s playmate and dumped her body in an irrigation pond.
"I owe you an explanation. But I still cannot understand why I did what I did," she said. "I wish I can bring back Sandra, but I can't."
Although Huckaby was originally charged with also raping the girl, that criminal count was set aside as part of the plea deal.
"She did not suffer, and I did not sexually molest her," Huckaby said. Then, to the girl's mother, she added: "I'm asking you, Maria, for your forgiveness. I can't imagine forgiving someone who harmed my daughter. I hope someday you can forgive me."
During the hearing, San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Tom Testa revealed additional details about the case unknown until now because of a gag order and a seal on many documents.
The prosecutor said a piece of torn cloth had been tied around Cantu's head. He said the cloth was soiled with blood and knotted into "a noose," and the cause of death was determined to be "homicidal asphyxiation."
Testa also played a video depicting Sandra's short life, bringing many in the courtroom, including Huckaby, to tears.
At the conclusion of the hearing, Huckaby held her hands to her chin, wiping at puffy eyes, as she listened to the judge explain the sentence. She will begin her hard time in Valley State Prison.
Sandra was last seen alive March 27, 2009, near her home at the Orchard Estates Mobile Home Park in Tracy. Her body was found 10 days later in a black suitcase in a nearby irrigation pond, and Huckaby was arrested after she admitted the suitcase was hers.
YEAH WHAT THE FUCK WAS SHE THINKING! WHY WOULD SHE DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS?! fucking monster
"I owe you an explanation. But I still cannot understand why I did what I did," she said
Oh please. She knows why she did it. You can't apologize for doing something and then claim to have no knowledge as to why. She's not fully owning it yet.
"She did not suffer, and I did not sexually molest her,"
It will be very interesting to see what the sealed documents say when the gag order is lifted.
It was already released that the girl was sexually assaulted with a foreign object.
FUCK YOU AND GIVE ME MY GODDAMN VENTI TWO PUMP LIGHT WHIP MOCHA YOU COCKSUCKING WHORE BEFORE I PUNCH YOU IN THE MOUTH. I just get unpleasant in my car. - Deej
Healthy is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
I hadn't heard much on this since the girls body was found. Glad to hear the bitch will live out her days in jail. I wonder if her grandparents will raise her daughter, or is there a Dad in the picture?
INSIDE STORY: Clues to Why Melissa Huckaby Murdered an 8-Year-Old Girl
By Howard Breuer
Sunday June 27, 2010 10:00 AM EDT
The day 8-year-old Sandra Cantu disappeared from a Tracy, Calif., mobile-home park, Melissa Huckaby sent a text message to the child's mother.
"Tell the police that I had something stolen today around 4 p.m.," Huckaby texted to Maria Chavez on March 27, 2009. "I don't know if that makes a difference or not."
That stolen item turned out to be an Eddie Bauer suitcase that contained Cantu’s body, the victim of a brutal sexual assault and murder.
The case horrified the Central California community, but even after Huckaby pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison, residents were at loss as to why the Sunday school teacher committed such a heinous crime against her own daughter's playmate.
Now, with thousands of pages of previously sealed documents released and the lifting of a gag order, authorities are offering a theory: The bizarre text message and Huckaby's subsequent strange behavior suggested she killed the child in an attempt to attract attention to herself.
A Theory for Motive
Such behavior has a name: Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome, a form of child abuse, in which a person harms somebody else, often children, for attention. The prosecutor in the case noted that Huckaby's daughter may also have fallen victim: the child had a history of being sick and in need of hospital care way too often.
"There were 20 or so times that Melissa cut herself, set fires, or verbally or psychologically attacked someone else, such as a roommate," says Deputy District Attorney Thomas Tesla. "And there was something like that going on here (after the murder), where she wanted to be the center of attention."
The text message was just one clue. Also, the day after Sandra disappeared, Huckaby was hysterical and hyperventilating as she went to police to say she had found a note on lined notebook paper.
Newly Revealed Evidence
The misspelled message stated Sandra's body was locked in a stolen suitcase thrown in water at Bacchetti and Whitehall roads. "I wonder if she wanted to be the one who solved the case by finding the note," Tesla suggests.
Investigators thought it unusual that a woman who reported losing a suitcase "should be the one woman out of everyone in this complex who should happen to find a note that reports that the stolen suitcase was used to hide the child's body," FBI Special Agent Michael Conrad would testify in the grand jury, according to transcripts.
During an April 6 search of Huckaby's home after the suitcase was recovered, FBI agents found a notebook with "Cute but psycho. Things will even out" printed on the cover. On the pages they found indentations matching the letters from the note.
"It didn’t take an FBI expert to figure this out," Tesla says. "She has a distinctive way of writing certain letters. You can compare it to her known handwriting… and tell as a layperson that they’re written by the same person."
When confronted with the mounting evidence, court documents show, Huckaby offered a confession of sorts, saying that Cantu hid in the suitcase in Huckaby’s trailer as part of a game, but stayed inside too long and suffocated. Huckaby also offered a soft version of the events at her sentencing, saying Sandra "didn't suffer. I didn't sexually molest her."
But, Tesla contends, forensic evidence offers a grimmer version of the crime: Huckaby took Cantu to her grandfather’s nearby church, sexually molested her with a rolling pin, strangled her and stuffed her into the suitcase in a snug fetal position that Cantu couldn’t have squeezed into on her own. Huckaby then tossed the suitcase into an agricultural ditch that stunk so badly of manure that searchers couldn’t retrieve the suitcase until it eventually floated to the surface.
In the first few days of the investigation, detectives assumed the killer was a man. They trailed local sex offenders and investigated their alibis. Says Tesla: "We thought there was no way a woman would do these things."
Huckaby took Cantu to her grandfather’s nearby church, sexually molested her with a rolling pin, strangled her and stuffed her into the suitcase in a snug fetal position that Cantu couldn’t have squeezed into on her own.
I wonder if she molested her own daughter.
A rolling pin? FFS. What a sick bitch. Literally.
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