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Melissa Huckaby And All The Questions


A barely recognizable Melissa Huckaby was sentenced to LWOP on Monday morning and was already transferred yesterday to the Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla.

I have followed the sad story of Sandra Cantu from the day she went missing and although a gag order was issued and court records were sealed I had read some pretty disturbing stuff about Melissa Huckaby and what might have happened to Sandra.

So, when Huckaby pleaded guilty to murder last month I, like so many of you, was stunned. By pleading guilty, Huckaby avoided the death penalty and the State dropped sexual abuse charges. Also, two unrelated drugging cases involving another Tracy girl and a Hayward man were dropped and and a prior theft case she was facing was terminated.

Now though, I have some major questions as to why the plea of guilty and is Huckaby sly enough to be manipulating the system?

We now know Huckaby drugged 8-year-old Sandra Cantu and sexually assaulted her with a rolling pin before stuffing her body into a suitcase and throwing it into an irrigation pond.

Sandra’s official cause of death is listed as ‘homicidal asphyxiation,’ a blood soaked cloth used a noose.

Family statements and Huckaby apologizes here.

Note that in Huckaby’s apology, she flat out denies Sandra suffered – well she was drugged first – and that she did not sexually assault Sandra!  Word manipulation?

How many other children might Huckaby have drugged and abused?  Was she part of a kiddie porn ring?

Well over a year ago, Tracy police were looking into a possible porn ring in Tracy.  Allegedly, cops looked at 60 porn traffickers in the area.

Is Huckaby a serial pedophile?

I listened to Levi Page on the The Cop-Doc show on blogtalk radio from last night.  Levi’s take is Huckaby is a pedophile monster.  This was not a case of ‘fondling,’ a rolling pin was used in the sexual assault – this is usually an indication this isn’t the first assault!  Levi is pretty savvy!

I am grateful she is off the streets till her death in prison, but I have so many more questions now!

How about you?

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  1. tezi
    06/16/2010 at 11:12 am

    I have more questions that I did before. I still can’t believe she pleaded guilty, and that the sexual molestation charge was dropped.

    I don’t want to know anything that is going to cause the family any more pain, I just want to know WHY!

  2. donchais
    06/16/2010 at 11:25 am

    Well my friend, as upset as I was with the charges being dropped…what I’ve read makes sense.

    Publicity pretty much insured the case would be moved to Southern Cali at a huge expense for a State that is broke! The prosecutors felt that to drag it out and face a crapload of years of appeals, and believing the death penalty to be a joke in California- Testa said this directly!!! – the best they could hope for was LWOP.

    All around, LWOP was the sentence anyway, the time and money has been eliminated and most importantly, the family was spared a horrific trial and hopefully they can move on.

    As documents are released, we may get a better idea of what happened and why!

  3. ritanita
    06/16/2010 at 12:21 pm

    Donchais, you are so right! LWOP is the best they could have expected in any case and we know she will not be “miss popularity” in prison. I want to know if she will be in protective custody or in general population. Either way, I hope the rest of her life is miserable.

    There is so much more to learn about this case due to the gag order during its duration. Let’s hope the released documents will help us know what really happened.

    Thank you for the links to the statements.

  4. 06/17/2010 at 2:39 pm

    Donchais, This story is just so sickening. The details that have come out are just too horrific for me to stomach. Sandra’s family have been tortured by Huckaby as well, and probably will be for the rest of their lives. Maybe knowing the why could help them too? This is the first I have heard of the rolling pin….vomit!!!

    Any idea where Huckaby’s daughter is? That little girl has no doubt, been through hell.

    Melissa Huckaby can eat as many honey buns (just a guess) as she wants, her true punishment will come when she dies and goes to Hell!

  5. donchais
    06/18/2010 at 5:13 am

    After a very bitter and contentious custody battle between Huckaby’s mother, Judy Lawless and John Huckaby, the bio dad, custody was finally given to the dad.

    6 year-old Madison lives with her dad and stepmom in Arkansas.

    As to what her life with Huckaby was like? It’s anybody’s guess!

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