|Occupation||Sunday school teacher|
|Dates||March 27, 2009|
Rape via object
|Conviction||Life in prison|
|Appearance||Loathe Thy Neighbor|
Melissa Huckaby was a bipolar Sunday school teacher who raped (via rolling pin) and murdered 8 year old Sandra Cantu in 2009.
Melissa's grandfather was a Baptist minister. By 2009, Melissa was a single mother to Madison Huckaby, whom she taught Sunday school.
Melissa has bipolar disorder, one of her systems being self-harm. She took medication for bipolar disorder that managed to suppress it for some time.
On April 6, 2009, farmworkers draining an irrigation pond found a suitcase. Inside was the body of 8 year old Sandra Cantu, who had been missing since March 27.
According to the pathologist's report, Sandra Cantu had been strangled with a torn piece of cloth that had been knotted into "a noose." The cause of death was determined to be "homicidal asphyxiation." Some of Sandra's injuries were also consistent with a silver rolling pin with a bent handle and bloody smudge found inside the church. The pathology report revealed that the smudge on the rolling pin matched Sandra's blood. The report also showed she was sexually assaulted with the object.
Was the murder motivated by lustful desires? Or did jealousy cause Melissa to murder Sandra in such a brutal fashion? We'll never know. At a trial, she agrees to plead guilty and she is sentenced to life without a chance of parole.