Huckaby Refused Food, ‘Took Pills'

Woman Charged In Tracy Girl's Murder

A Tracy woman charged with murdering and raping an 8-year-old girl has been displaying strange behavior in jail, according to reports.

Melissa Huckaby, 28, has been charged in the death of Sandra Cantu, whose body was found in a suitcase pulled from an irrigation pond 10 days after she went missing.

Huckaby's behavior in August prompted four different jail incident reports.

On Aug. 12, a custody officer wrote at 2:30 p.m., "I found Huckaby laying on the floor next to her bed. [She] stated that she felt dizzy and passed out."

At 3 p.m. that day, an officer noted, "I saw Huckaby sitting next to her bed w/ trash can. When I asked her what wrong she replied, 'I took pills.'"

On Aug. 16 at 4:45 p.m., a report said, "Inmate Huckaby was hiding behind mattress w/ blanket around her neck. To safety cell per psych."

At 5:15 p.m. that day, the report said that Huckaby had refused dinner.

Because there is a gag order in place, no one is commenting on the incidents.

That same gag order has kept Cantu's autopsy report sealed.

During the past eight months, the San Joaquin County district attorney has already indicated that it is trying to speed the case along and will seek a trial date.

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