Posts Tagged ‘Sandra Cantu’

Does it take psychic ability to envision various horrible outcomes when a child goes missing? After reading the first paragraph of her biography, is further comment necessary?

It is my belief that all who emanate from G_D possess HIS Spirit within them. We all have an innate ability to recognize truth. His Spirit Resists that which is false. When someone is being false with you, His Spirit Gives you a signal. Maybe within the pit of your stomach or maybe you have an unprovoked sense of anger, or a sense to resist the person who is false with you, but whatever your bell is it rings in danger. That Spirit Clashes with that which will be harmful to you. It is only your ego which denies the truth and attempts to assuage your own fears, due to your conflicting desire. Desire and ego mask your inner truth, which is the voice of the clairvoyant.


 Psychic makes claim to reward money in Cantu case

TRACY — A Southern California woman is in a dispute with Tracy police over whether her psychic predictions helped them solve the Sandra Cantu murder case.

She thinks she’s entitled to at least a portion of the reward money, totaling more than $30,000, but Tracy police say they never used any information provided by any psychics during the investigation.

Dani Pedlow, based in Los Angeles, said she predicted the little girl would be found in a “barranca—” a Spanish word for canyon or ravine — and that she was killed in a church, and the killer was someone in the trailer park the little girl called home.

Pedlow said she helps solve crimes for a living and recently helped find a Las Vegas runaway and described on a New York radio show how police would capture a serial killer.

She was contacted by a local resident who is also one of her clients.

Update 05-03-09:Tracy Farmworker to Receive $20,000 Cantu Reward

TRACY, CA – A Tracy dairy farmworker who found the remains of 8-year-old murder victim Sandra Cantu last month will receive a reward of more than $20,000 for the discovery, a Tracy police spokesman confirmed Saturday.

Jose Luis Franco, 40, is expected to get a check later this month from the Carole Sund/Carrington Foundation, Tracy police Sgt. Tony Sheneman said.

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When Adji Desir went missing in Immakolee, Fl. an AMBER Alert was not activated. There were none activated in Escondido, Ca. following the disappearance of Amber Dubois nor in Tracy, Ca. in the case of Sandra Cantu. The reason given by authorities, none of them met the criteria for activation.

Critics argue if the alerts are issued too often, people will become desensitized thus ignoring them. So why isn’t this “boy who cried wolf” scenario a concern for states with Silver Alert programs?

There were 128 Silver Alerts activated in North Carolina in 2008. Forty four of them were between Oct-Dec. An additional 67 have been issued as of March 2009.

Silver Alert Criteria

ALL of the following statutory criteria must be met before the N.C. Center for Missing Persons will activate a Silver Alert:

  • The person is believed to be suffering from dementia or other cognitive impairment- regardless of age
  • The person is believed to be missing – regardless of circumstance
  • A legal custodian of the missing person has submitted a missing person’s report to the local law enforcement agency where the person went missing
  • Law enforcement reports the incident to the NC Center for Missing Persons

  • This is in sharp contrast to the number of AMBER Alerts. There were 8 alerts activated for all of 2008 with an additional 5 being activated as of March 2009.

    AMBER Alert Activation Criteria

    ALL of the following statutory criteria (GS §143B-499.7) must be met before the NC Center for Missing Persons will activate an AMBER Alert.
    The child is:

  • 17 years old or younger
  • believed to have been abducted,
  • not taken by a parent (unless the child is in danger)
  • not believed to be a runaway or voluntarily missing
  • and the abduction has been reported to and investigated by a law enforcement agency.
  • Are the AMBER Alert criteria too strict or the Silver Alert criteria too lenient?

    Read a summary of all AMBER Alert activations in N.C.

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    Melissa Chantel Huckaby, 28, was charged with the special circumstances of kidnapping, rape with a foreign object and lewd or lascivious conduct with a child in the death of Sandra Cantu. San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Richard Vlavianos read the charge. She remained silent except to answer “yes” when the judge asked her if she wanted a public defender. Ellen Schwarzenberg, a public defender, was appointed to represent her. as She will be back in court on April 24.

    Update 05-22-09: Accused killer of Tracy girl faces new poison charges

    STOCKTON — A Tracy woman accused of kidnapping and killing 8-year-old Sandra Cantu is facing additional charges when she returns to court this afternoon.

    In an amended complaint filed late Thursday afternoon, Melissa Huckaby, 28, was also charged with one count of child endangerment and two counts of furnishing someone a harmful substance.

    If convicted of murder, Huckaby could face the death penalty.

    Two of the new charges stem from a Jan. 17 incident, when a woman in the Orchard Estates Mobile Home Park where Huckaby and Sandra also lived, claimed Huckaby took her 7-year-old child without her or her family’s permission.

    Lora Polk, 41, said when the child was returned about two hours later, she was acting strange and was taken to the hospital, where doctor’s tested her and reportedly found she had muscle relaxers in her system.

    Huckaby is also accused of giving an unspecified drug to a man named Daniel Plowman on or about March 2. On March 3 Plowman was apparently arrested by Tracy police on suspicion of driving under the influence, but he was never charged with a crime.

    Update 08-18-09: Grand jury indicts Melissa Huckaby in killing of Sandra Cantu

    STOCKTON — A San Joaquin County grand jury has returned a five-count indictment against Melissa Huckaby, accused of kidnapping, raping and killing 8-year-old Sandra Cantu, of Tracy.

    The indictment, which will send the case to trial, was handed down July 31 but read in court for the first time Monday afternoon. Huckaby, in shackles and with several fresh scratches on her forehead, appeared with her attorney.

    Huckaby, 28, was indicted on charges of murder with three special circumstances: kidnapping, lewd and lascivious acts on a child and rape with an instrument. The grand jury also added a charge of having sex with a child under 10 years old.

    They also indicted the 28-year-old Tracy woman on one count of furnishing a harmful substance in the case of Daniel Plowman, of Hayward, and one count of furnishing a harmful substance and child abuse/endangerment in the case of another unnamed 7-year-old girl. Those counts are unrelated to Sandra’s death

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    You knew it would happen after Melissa Huckaby was arrested for the murder of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu. Though a motive has yet to be provided, comments along the line of the one below have begun to pour in to this blog. The problem for these individuals is their comments, except for this one, won’t be posted here nor will any attempt be made to give them any forum for expressing their viewpoint. The fact that a child is murdered and it may or may not have involved a sex offender is no cause for celebration.

    You mean all you people that was hating on all the Sex Offenders of the area just got your bubble popped? No it seems its not the dreaded sex offender that has a 3% recidivism rate with treatment but the Sunday School Teacher. Guess you all will have to start hating Sunday School Teachers…… or just stop hating!

    For the record, these are, per the U.S. Department of Justice – Office of Justice Programs Bureau of Justice Statistics , the Sex offenders recidivism rates.


  • Of the 272,111 persons released from prisons in 15 States in 1994, an estimated 67.5% were rearrested for a felony or serious misdemeanor within 3 years, 46.9% were reconvicted, and 25.4% resentenced to prison for a new crime.
  • The 272,111 offenders discharged in 1994 accounted for nearly 4,877,000 arrest charges over their recorded careers.
  • Within 3 years of release, 2.5% of released rapists were rearrested for another rape, and 1.2% of those who had served time for homicide were arrested for a new homicide.
  • Sex offenders were less likely than non-sex offenders to be rearrested for any offense –– 43 percent of sex offenders versus 68 percent of non-sex offenders.
  • Sex offenders were about four times more likely than non-sex offenders to be arrested for another sex crime after their discharge from prison –– 5.3 percent of sex offenders versus 1.3 percent of non-sex offenders.
  • Sex offenders

  • On a given day in 1994 there were approximately 234,000 offenders convicted of rape or sexual assault under the care, custody, or control of corrections agencies; nearly 60% of these sex offenders are under conditional supervision in the community.
  • The median age of the victims of imprisoned sexual assaulters was less than 13 years old; the median age of rape victims was about 22 years.
  • An estimated 24% of those serving time for rape and 19% of those serving time for sexual assault had been on probation or parole at the time of the offense for which they were in State prison in 1991.
  • Of the 9,691 male sex offenders released from prisons in 15 States in 1994, 5.3% were rearrested for a new sex crime within 3 years of release.
  • Of released sex offenders who allegedly committed another sex crime, 40% perpetrated the new offense within a year or less from their prison discharge.
  • Child victimizers

  • Approximately 4,300 child molesters were released from prisons in 15 States in 1994. An estimated 3.3% of these 4,300 were rearrested for another sex crime against a child within 3 years of release from prison.
  • Among child molesters released from prison in 1994, 60% had been in prison for molesting a child 13 years old or younger.
  • Offenders who had victimized a child were on average 5 years older than the violent offenders who had committed their crimes against adults. Nearly 25% of child victimizers were age 40 or older, but about 10% of the inmates with adult victims fell in that age range.
  • Update: DA: Rape may be alleged in Calif. girl’s slaying

    TRACY, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors say they’re considering rape and molestation allegations against the woman suspected of killing an 8-year-old Northern California girl and putting her body in a suitcase.

    Twenty-eight-year-old Melissa Huckaby was arrested Saturday on suspicion of kidnapping and murdering Sandra Cantu. The girl was a playmate of her 5-year-old daughter.

    San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Robert Himmelblau said Monday that a homicide charge against Huckaby could include the special circumstances of rape with a foreign object, lewd and lacivious conduct with a child and murder in the course of a kidnapping.

    Himmelblau wouldn’t provide more details. Huckaby is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.

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    Watching Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell on HLN last night, there was a discussion concerning how police initially handled the case of Sandra Cantu and whether it should have immediately been determined to be an abduction.

    There was this comment which most of us would accept at face value.

    VELEZ-MITCHELL: Now Bob Blasier, they say there was no indication of an abduction. Do you think things should have been handled differently? In other words, eventually she`s an 8-year-old child, she`s never left her mobile home park on her own before. She`s too young to be a run-away. At a certain point logic tells you this is probably an abduction?

    Read the National Runaway Switchboard 2007 Crisis Caller Analysis and you may be surprised.

    The number of callers under 12 in 2007 has increased 172 percent over 2000.


    Though these children are not believed to be runaways they are open Case Type: Endangered Missing  apparently walking away never to be seen again.

    Everlyse Cabrera , 2-years-old, was last seen at home on June 10, 2006. Her foster parents, Manuel and Vhee Carrascal believe she wandered from her home.

    Adji Desir , 6 years-old, was last seen on January 10, 2009 in Immakolee, Fl. after playing with friends.

    Elian Majano , 2 years-old, was last seen playing at an Irving, Tx  park. In his case an AMBER Alert was issued prompting critics to investigate why.

    Haleigh Cummings, 5-years-old, was last known to be sleeping in her home, in the area of Hermit’s Cove in Satsuma, Florida, on the evening of February 9, 2009.

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    Ernie Allen, President & Ceo, the National Center For Missing & Exploited Children,(NCMEC) recently spoke to the United States House Of Representatives, Committee On The Judiciary, Subcommittee On Crime, Terrorism.

    In his speech he mentioned three missing child cases all of whom were murdered by sex offenders.

    In recent years, millions of Americans have followed with horror the devastating stories of Jessica Lunsford, Sarah Lunde, Jetseta Gage and others. These tragic cases have generated anger and indignation nationwide, and epitomize an area of great concern: how to effectively track, register and manage the nation’s convicted sex offenders.

    John Evander Couey, was sentenced to death in the rape and murder of 9-year-old Jessica in Florida. She was believed to have been buried alive.

    Sarah Lunde was a 13-year-old from Ruskin, Florida. She was strangled to death in April 2005 by David Lee Onstott, her body later dumped in a pond. He was sentenced to life in prison.

    Roger Bentley is serving two consecutive sentences of life in prison without parole in the kidnapping and murder of 10-year-old Jetseta Gage. She was raped, beaten and suffocated with a plastic bag around her head.

    Her killer has not been identified but many have asked after the death of Sandra Cantu, what can be done to protect our children specifically from sexual predators.  Some attempts have been made by legislators on the federal and state levels but with minimal impact. Both these pieces of legislation were met with resistance by many states including California.

    Mr. Allen had this update on the “Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act”.

    Title I of the Adam Walsh Act is commonly referred to as the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). The Sex offender Monitoring, Apprehension, Registration and Tracking (SMART) Office is authorized to determine whether a jurisdiction has substantially implemented SORNA or to grant an extension of the deadline. A jurisdiction must submit materials about its registration program to the SMART Office. The Adam Walsh Act permits jurisdictions to apply for up to two one-year extensions. The deadline for submitting extension requests is April 27, 2009.

    Currently, there are no jurisdictions listed on the SMART Office webpage as having achieved substantial compliance. Seventeen jurisdictions are listed as having been granted a one-year extension to July 26, 2010 (Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Guam, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, Quileute Tribe, Santee Sioux Nation, and South Carolina).

    The Jessica Lunsford Act (summary)

  • Increase the penalty for lewd and lascivious molestation of a child to life in prison or a split sentence of a mandatory minimum 25-year prison term, followed by lifetime supervision with electronic monitoring.
  • Increase, from 20 to 30 years, the period of time before a sexual predator is allowed to petition to have the sexual predator designation removed.
  • Increase sexual predator/offender registration and reporting requirements.
  • Sexual predators who murder their victims now qualify for the death penalty in capital cases.
  • Designate failing to re-register as a sexual offender/predator or harboring or assisting a sexual predator/offender a third degree felony.
  • Require those already convicted of sex crimes to have electronic monitoring for the remainder of their probation.
  • Require all county misdemeanor probation officials to search the sexual offender registry when a new offender is assigned to them.
  • Has your state passed the Jessica Lunsford Act? You can find out here.

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    The NCMEC repeatedly has quoted the statistic that there are approximately 115 stranger abductions annually in the U.S. These are the most serious, long-term non-family abduction often referred to as “stereotypical kidnappings.

    In this article from the Mercury News, they provided these statistic for California concerning stranger abductions. If the NCMEC statistics are accurate, does California account for approximately 30% of all stranger abductions nationwide?  At one time there may have been a reported child last year, but there are no missing children listed at the NCMEC in California between January 1st 2008 and December 31st 2008 under the Case Type: Non-Family Abduction.  Were they all found or are their disappearance categorized within other Case Types?

    Missing Children Reports in California, 2008
    Parental/Family Abduction: 1,363
    Stranger Abduction: 35
    Suspicious Circumstances: 417 (may indicate stranger abduction)
    Lost: 274
    Catastrophe: 20
    Unknown circumstances: 3,975

    Male: 50,543
    Female: 63,614

    Source: California Department of Justice

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