10 weeks prior to the disappearance and murder of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu, another 7-year-old girl was reported missing from the Orchard Estates Mobile Home Park.
On January 17th, the girl was reported missing by her family. According to the family, the girl had spent the afternoon with Melissa Huckaby without their permission.
The girl was returned to her home by a woman driving a purple Kia Sportage. Police towed a purple Kia Sportage registered to Melissa Huckaby shortly after she was arrested in Sandra's killing.
When the little girl returned home, the family reported her speech was slurred; she was falling down, sleeping, and crying a lot.
The family took the child to Sutter Tracy Memorial Hospital, where she was examined. The girl tested positive for benzodiazepine, a class of tranquilizer and muscle relaxant. The examination found no sign of molestation.
Police have tied the reported abduction to the murder case of Sandra Cantu, but Tracy police Sgt. Tony Sheneman said he can’t comment on the reported abduction in January because it’s part of the ongoing murder investigation.
Judge in Huckaby Cases Recuses Himself
According to the San Joaquin County Superior Court, “The Honorable Terrence Van Oss has recused himself.”
No explanation has been given, however it may be due to a conflict between the judge and Huckaby’s prosecutor.
Superior Court Judge Linda Lofthus will now take up the case. Lofthus will preside over the next hearing which will be held on Friday.
Video report on abduction
Sandra Cantu Memorial Service