Calif. Child Murder Suspect Tried to Kill Herself

Huckaby swallowed three knife blades before arrest
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Apr 15, 2009 1:50 PM CDT

(Newser) – Days before she was arrested for the rape and murder of Sandra Cantu, California Sunday-school teacher Melissa Huckaby attempted suicide by swallowing three razor blades, CBS reports. She was hospitalized and remained under suicide watch until yesterday’s hearing, where a sobbing Huckaby learned she could face the death penalty for murder, kidnapping, and rape with a foreign object of her daughter’s 8-year-old playmate.