The Stockton Record posted a story this morning outlining the custody battle between Sandra Cantu murder suspect Melissa Huckaby and her ex-husband, Johnny Huckaby.
Huckaby, who is due back in court Friday for further arraignment, has a 5-year-old daughter who was a playmate of Sandra’s, the 8-year-old from Tracy who was kidnapped March 27 and found dead 10 days later.
Huckaby, 28, was living with her grandparents and daughter in a Tracy mobile home park. She is charged with raping and killing the little girl, who lived nearby.
On April 16, less than a week after Tracy police arrested his ex-wife in connection with Sandra’s death, Johnny Huckaby asked a court in Orange County to give him custody of their daughter.
Melissa and Johnny Huckaby were married when she was pregnant. They moved to Southern California and divorced soon after, with Melissa getting full custody and Johnny at one point living in the Kansas City, Kan., area, where Melissa filed court papers earlier this year seeking unpaid child support from him.
Their daughter has been living with Melissa Huckaby’s parents, Judy and Brian Lawless, in the Southern California town of Cypress, according to court filings.