Woman Arraigned in Death of Girl Found in Luggage

By: Terry Collins AP
By: Terry Collins AP
The neighbor of an 8-year-old Northern California girl whose body was found in an irrigation pond has made her first appearance in court to face a murder charge.

missing tracy girl sandra cantu.

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) - The neighbor of an 8-year-old Northern California girl whose body was found in an irrigation pond has made
her first appearance in court to face a murder charge.

Twenty-eight-year-old Melissa Huckaby was led into a San Joaquin County courtroom in a red jumpsuit and shackles for the Tuesday afternoon arraignment. She cried as a judge read the charge: one count of murder with the special circumstances of rape with a foreign object, lewd or lascivious conduct with a child under 14 and murder in the course of a kidnapping.

She did not enter a plea.

Authorities have not said how or where Sandra Cantu was killed, nor discussed a possible motive.

The local Sunday school teacher was arrested Friday, four days after the little girl's body was found stuffed in Huckaby's suitcase in the pond.


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