Recently unsealed documents paint a very troubling picture of convicted child killer Melissa Huckaby.
Huckaby, recently sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting and murdering eight-year-old Sandra Cantu, is said by prosecutors to have suffered from Munchausen by proxy syndrome, a form of abuse in which a person causes harm or illness to children to draw attention to herself.
In an interview with People Magazine, Deputy Dist. Atty. Thomas Tesla had this to say:
"There were 20 or so times that Melissa cut herself, set fires or verbally or psychologically attacked someone else, such as a roommate… And there was something like that going on here [after the murder], where she wanted to be the center of attention."
Tesla then recounted an odd tale of Huckaby texting Marie Chavez -Sandra's mother-on the day of her daughter's disappearance:
"Tell the police that I had something stolen today around 4 p.m.," Huckaby texted to Chavez. "I don't know if that makes a difference or not."
The “stolen item” that Huckaby was referring to in the text message, according to Tesla, was the suitcase that the little girl was found in.