The Melissa Huckaby story is not only shocking but disgusting at the same time. I can’t figure out why in the world she killed the little girl? A Sunday school teacher? Yuck. In a new interview, her ex husband describes her struggle with depression.
The ex-husband of Melissa Huckaby, the California woman accused of the gruesome assault and murder of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu, said his former wife suffered from depression and other mental health problems but he didn’t believe she was capable of violence.
I do believe the emotional issues came into play quite often in her lifetime,” Johnny Huckaby told “Good Morning America’s” Chris Cuomo in an exclusive interview. “She did suffer from depression. She did have issues with … her self-persona, who she saw herself as,” Huckaby, 26, told “GMA.”
The couple was married in August 2003, when Melissa was five months pregnant. They separated in August 2004 and divorced in September 2005. Melissa was given full custody of their daughter, now 5 years old.
A volunteer Sunday school teacher, Melissa Huckaby was charged Tuesday with 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. Prosecutors say Huckaby raped and murdered Sandra Cantu, a neighbor in her Tracy, Calif., trailer park, and then stuffed the girl’s body in a suitcase and dropped it in an irrigation pond.
Such an incredibly sad story. Today in Tracy they had a memorial for the young girl. What a tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.