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Suspect in girl's death on suicide watch

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Associated Press - April 11, 2009 6:23 PM ET

TRACY, Calif. (AP) - Police say a woman suspected in the death of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu is on suicide watch at a California jail.

Sunday school teacher Melissa Huckaby was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and killing the Tracy child, whose body was found in a suitcase dumped in an irrigation pond.

Police say she is refusing to see visitors. Huckaby was arrested yesterday about five hours after she drove to a police station to talk to authorities. Police say she went from back and forth from being "calm, cool and collected" to "very emotional." Authorities say they don't know what the motive is in the girl's death. Officials say Sandra was friends with Huckaby's daughter.

Police still aren't saying whether they believe the killing was accidental or deliberate.

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