Family and friends of Melissa Huckaby can’t believe the Sunday school teacher might have killed and raped 8-year-old Sandra Cantu, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "She was actually really mellow and a good friend, and she loved her daughter so much,” a college friend says. And with police still working the case, some observers suspect that another arrest is on the way—and that Huckaby is just covering up for a man.
One former FBI agent says it’s almost unheard of for women to perform the kind of violent sexual act Huckaby is accused of, and only 5% of US pedophiles are women. Although Huckaby has fought with depression and has a petty criminal record, “what isn't here is a lot of red flags about a hardened criminal or a sociopath,” a psychologist says. Sandra's family are somewhat less unsure and sympathetic: "Death penalty," said one uncle last week.