Julianne McCrery, 42, was sentenced Friday to 45 years to life in state prison for killing her 6-year-old son Camden Hughes at a Hampton motel room on May 14.

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SOUTH BERWICK — The discovery of a young boy’s body along a remote road in South Berwick Saturday night is being called suspicious by Maine State Police.
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A computer-generated photo, based on today's autopsy, of the young boy found dead in South Berwick on Saturday.

Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine State Police, said the discovery of the body, which was fully clothed, was made by a local resident. McCausland said the boy was 3-foot-8 and 45 pounds and still had his baby teeth.

McCausland said the discovery is disturbing because police in Maine and New Hampshire have received no reports of a missing boy, who fits the boy’s description.

South Berwick is located in York County, on the border between Maine and New Hampshire.
Police agencies throughout New England have been notified, as has the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, McCausland said.

“Our main priority today is to identify this boy,” McCausland said this afternoon.

State police are looking for a navy blue Toyota Tacoma pickup truck that may be related to the case. It had white license plates, but the state was unknown, according to McCausland.

According to police, the boy’s body was found around 5 p.m. Saturday along Dennett Road in the York County community of South Berwick.

McCausland said part of Dennett Road is paved, while the other section, the more remote section, is gravel. The body was on that section.

The boy is believed to be between the ages of 4 and 5 with dirty blond hair and blue eyes. He was wearing a gray colored camouflage hooded sweatshirt – the brand name was Faded Glory – tan colored khaki pants, and “Lightning McQueen” black sneakers.

An autopsy was performed on the body this afternoon, but McCausland said the cause of death will be not be released tonight.

McCausland said the boy’s death is considered suspicious simply because of his age and the fact that he has not been reported missing by an adult.

Anyone with information on the boy’s identity is asked to call the Maine State Police at 657-3030 or 911 on a cellphone.
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A computer-generated photo, based on today's autopsy, of the young boy found dead in South Berwick on Saturday.

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Thanks for posting that wrap - I can never get it right.
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Your welcome!! I think that pic is very eerie!!

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Post by Guest on Mon May 16, 2011 7:27 pm

I agree about the picture. Someone has to be missing a little boy that looks something like the computer image. crying
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Post by lisette on Mon May 16, 2011 9:32 pm

How very sad! A child just thrown away, after no-telling-what happened to him... crying crying crying
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Post by charminglane on Mon May 16, 2011 11:01 pm

Reminds me of the boy in the box.
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Post by laga on Tue May 17, 2011 10:04 am

You would think this image could be matched to a child of this age reported missing from somewhere...but what if this is a child who was stolen as a baby, secreted by the kidnapper. Maybe the child had grown too old and was discarded and now the kidnapper may be on the prowl for a replacement. ????

Whatever the circumstances, another sad case of a lost and discarded child. crying When will it ever end?
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Police Work to Identify Young Boy Found Dead in Maine
Published May 17, 2011

Police in Maine are asking the public for help in identifying a young boy whose body was found near a remote road Saturday, MyFoxMaine.com reports.
The boy's body, which was covered with a blanket, was discovered by a passer-by on Dennett Road off Route 4 in South Berwick.
Investigators have not been able to identify the child, believed to be between ages 4 and 6. The boy is described as 3 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 45 pounds.
"Somebody has got to miss this child, (whether) it's the nephew of somebody or the grandson of somebody, to that end, it's been very, very frustrating that we haven't gotten any leads, significant leads, on identifying this child," Lt. Brian McDonough with the Maine State Police said during a press conference Monday.
There is no missing person's report that matches the description of the child, authorities say, and a computer generated photo of the boy has been released in hopes it will generate leads. Detectives have reportedly received more than 100 tips in the case.
Police believe the body was left at the scene around 7:30 a.m. Saturday and that the child died about two hours earlier, according to MyFoxMaine.com. Authorities say they are searching for a navy blue Toyota Tacoma pickup truck that a local resident reported seeing in the area that morning. The truck had an extended cab with a cap and white license plates, though the state and number were unclear, the station reports.
Authorities have not released how the boy died.
A candlelight vigil is planned for the boy on Tuesday in front of the town hall in South Berwick.


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Post by lisette on Wed May 18, 2011 1:16 pm

Person of Interest Questioned in Case of Unknown Boy Found Dead in Maine
Published May 18, 2011

A person of interest is being questioned in connection with the case of a young boy found dead on the side of a back road near the Maine-New Hampshire border, FoxNews.com confirms.
State police are holding the person at the Concord Barracks and are set to hold a press conference later Wednesday, a police spokesman said.
Meanwhile, investigators are working to identify the boy, believed to be between between 4 and 6-years-old.
The U.S. Navy's elite police unit joined the investigation after a witness reported seeing a Navy emblem on the license plate of a pickup truck that was spotted in the area.
Investigators from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service are going to military installations in the Northeast in hopes of being able to identify the boy, his body discovered Saturday beside a back road in South Berwick.

The witness told police that a navy blue Toyota Tacoma pickup truck was seen in the area around the same time authorities believe the body was dumped. The truck was believed to have been driven by a woman. The truck had an extended cab with a cap and white license plates, though the state and number were unclear, MyFoxMaine.com reports.
Investigators say the boy may have been placed on Dennett Road -- just off Route 4 -- at around 7:30 a.m. Saturday. The child, described as 3 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 45 pounds, likely died about two hours earlier, police said. Authorities have not yet released how the boy died.
There is no missing person's report that matches the description of the child, authorities say, and a computer-generated photo of the boy has been released in hopes it will garner leads.
Lt. Brian McDonough with the Maine State Police has pleaded with the public for help in identifying the child.
"Somebody has got to miss this child, (whether) it's the nephew of somebody or the grandson of somebody, to that end, it's been very, very frustrating that we haven't gotten any leads, significant leads, on identifying this child," McDonough said Monday.
Meanwhile, about 400 people attended a candlelight vigil for the boy outside the South Berwick Town Hall Tuesday evening.
Vigil organizer Amy Aiguier says no human being should be unidentified.
"I'm just sad no one's claimed him," Heidi Hilton of Somersworth, N,H., told MyFoxMaine.com. "A million people are here today to claim him, but his family hasn't claimed him."


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Post by Wrapitup on Wed May 18, 2011 3:27 pm

Body found in Maine woods identified as Texas boy

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Last update May 18, 2011 @ 03:49 PM

A 6-year-old boy found dead in the woods of Maine over the weekend has been identified as Camden Pierce Hughes, of Irving, Texas.

Our media partner, WCVB-TV spoke with a man over the phone who identified himself as Robert Miller, the ex-boyfriend of Hughes’ mother, Julianne H. McCrery, 42, whose truck was taken by Massachusetts State Police this morning from a rest stop along Interstate 495.

A woman who State Police would not confirm is McCrery has been taken to the state police barracks in Concord, Mass., and sources said she has given investigators a full statement.

"I can tell you we have new information that we are following up on," said Maine State Police Lt. Brian McDonough, who referred any further questions to William Stokes, a deputy attorney general in Maine.

A woman was picked up at a rest stop on the southbound side of Interstate 495 in Chelmsford, Mass., on Wednesday morning and taken into protective custody. Police said they had also impounded a blue pickup truck that matched the description of a truck that a witness said was seen near where Hughes’ body was discovered.

The truck was being processed at the state police barracks in Danvers, Mass.

No one has been charged in connection with the case.

Hughes’ body was found by the side of a road in a wooded area of South Berwick, Maine, on Saturday, triggering a nationwide investigation into his identity.

The corpse, which was wrapped in a blanket, had been there for less than a day, police said, and the child had dirty blond hair and blue eyes. Investigators have not released the results of an autopsy, but the death was labeled suspicious.

Police were told that the truck may have had a Navy insignia on the license plate and troopers asked Navy intelligence officers to help them investigate the case. McCrery’s boyfriend Miller told WCVB-TV that McCrery has an older son who’s in the Navy.

Hundreds of leads poured in from around the country on the case, but there was no missing child’s report filed anywhere, which was extremely unusual according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The discovery of the body galvanized the small Maine community near the New Hampshire border, where 400 people attended a candlelight vigil for the boy Tuesday evening.

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Thanks for the update. I am glad LE is figuring this all out.
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By MICHELLE MCPHEE and JESSICA HOPPER
May 18, 2011

A Texas woman has confessed to killing and dumping her son's body along a rural road in Maine, sources told ABC News.

The six-year-old boy, Camden Pierce Hughes, was dumped by Julianne McCrery. McCrery told police that she accidentally gave her son too much cough syrup, the sources said.

McCrery once wrote a book about how to fall asleep called, "Goodnight, Sleep Tight." In her author's bio, she described herself as a former school bus driver and cement mixer.

A Massachusetts state trooper spotted McCrery this morning at a rest area near Chelmsford, Mass., police said. McCrery was in a blue Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, the same type of truck that authorities have been frantically searching for since Camden's body was discovered Saturday.

McCrery told a Massachusetts state trooper that she killed her son and was contemplating killing herself, sources told ABC News.

When the female trooper asked McCrery if she needed assistance, she responded: "I killed my son. I want to kill myself."

McCrery was taken into custody at the Concord State Police barracks.

State Police officials confirmed that they are questioning the woman in connection with the discovery of the boy's body which was found fully-clothed under a green fleece blanket on Dennett Road in South Berwick, Maine on Saturday.

McCrery's ex-boyfriend told ABC affiliate WCVB that he never thought McCrery would hurt their son.

"She loved him dearly," Miller said. "He was a very nice little boy. He was real smart."

The mystery of who dumped the boy has puzzled investigators. Nobody filed a missing persons report for the boy. A scan of missing persons databases turned up no leads.

A passerby who lives in the neighborhood discovered the boy's body lying under a green fleece blanket on Dennett Road in South Berwick, Maine.

"He was clean. His fingernails seemed clean and appropriate. He was a small kid, but I don't think he was undernourished. He's a very cute boy, and again, he was clothed well. The sneakers are virtually brand-new on him," Maine State Police Lt. Brian McDonough said Tuesday.

An eyewitness spotted a woman driving a truck with a Navy insignia embossed in or around the truck's license plate.

Police began alerting Navy Reserve centers and brought in the Naval Criminal Investigative Service to help in the search because of a hunch that someone with a military connection may have dumped the boy's body.

Indeed, one of Mcrery's sons serves in the Navy. His Facebook page shows that he works as a chef in the Navy.

Other facts that hinted at a military connection included the boy's clothing. Found fully clothed, the boy had on a gray-colored camouflage hooded sweatshirt and a navy blue T-shirt with "Aviator Series" displayed on the front, police said.

The State Police Computer Crimes Unit produced a computer-generated photo of the unidentified boy. The boy was 3 feet 8 inches tall and weighed 45 pounds. He had dirty blond hair and blue eyes. His baby teeth had yet to fall out.

The death has been deemed suspicious, and investigators have not ruled out homicide.

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Post by Wrapitup on Wed May 18, 2011 3:37 pm

You're welcome!!

How completely horrific!!! That cute little thing. What happened to make this mother do this to her son?

And, isn't it eerie how much he looks like the composite?

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Post by charminglane on Wed May 18, 2011 5:17 pm

She may have given him cough syrup, however I don't think it was accidental.
If she and the child are from Texas, and the investigators say Camden was dead about 10 hours before someone found his body, Camden most likely died after they left Texas
Why did they leave the state?
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Post by artgal16 on Wed May 18, 2011 5:47 pm

A young boy found dead on a remote Maine road has reportedly been identified as Camden Pierce Hughes, a 6-year-old from Texas.

Juli Mccrery, the child's mother, confessed to Massachusetts State Police that she administered an overdose of medication that killed her son, WBZ-TV reports.

Calls to the Massachusetts State Police were not immediately returned.

After the boy's body was discovered along a rural road in South Berwick, investigators released a computer-generated image of the child and were swamped with hundreds of tips about the boy's possible identity.

Authorities focused their attention on witnesses who said they saw a woman driving a blue Toyota Tacoma pickup truck near the location where the child was discovered.

According to the station, a Massachusetts state trooper who was aware of the lead pulled over a vehicle that matched the description at an I-495 rest stop in Chelmsford, Mass., on Wednesday morning. The motorist, identified as the victim's mother, reportedly made statements about the boy's death and was taken into protective custody.

Mccrery's ex-boyfriend, Robert Miller, who called himself as "the only dad [Hughes] ever knew," described the child as "a very nice boy ... an innocent boy" who was in the "gifted and talented class in kindergarten."

"All I know is that he's dead and she's in jail," Miller told WBZ-TV. "I don't know why she was even up there."

Mccrery's ex-boyfriend, Robert Miller, who called himself as "the only dad [Hughes] ever knew," described the child as "a very nice boy ... an innocent boy" who was in the "gifted and talented class in kindergarten."

"All I know is that he's dead and she's in jail," Miller told WBZ-TV. "I don't know why she was even up there."
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Post by Gigi cares on Wed May 18, 2011 6:43 pm

What is wrong with all these people who are murdering their own children and disgarding them?
Did anyone watch trial where the father and step mother had chained the daughter to her bed so she could not get out. The house cought on fire and the child burned to death and they got off? A teacher testified she knew they treated her bad but that was not child abuse... These people got off... over reaction over reaction
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Post by lisette on Wed May 18, 2011 7:55 pm

How in the world was she going to explain why he wasn't around any more?! Unbelievable that a mother that supposedly loved her son could just put him out on the side of the road, no matter how he died...
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Post by Slys Hunny on Wed May 18, 2011 10:25 pm

HOW MUCH COUGH MEDICINE DID SHE GIVE HIM,,,Sounds like an easy out to me
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With mom's arrest, mystery of boy's body abates
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By LYNNE TUOHY and DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press – Thu May 19, 7:06 pm ET

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – Even as her son's image was plastered across TV and computer screens nationwide while authorities worked to identify the little boy found dead along a dirt road in Maine, his mother dutifully called his Texas school daily to report his absence.

Julianne McCrery, 42, of Irving, Texas, was ordered held without bail Thursday on second-degree murder charges in New Hampshire, where she made her initial court appearance in the death of her son, 6-year-old Camden, after waiving extradition from Massachusetts.

Information offered by authorities and friends paint a portrait of a loving but troubled mother who suffered from mood swings that sometimes culminated in road trips — but she'd always come back.

This time, after one such trip to New England, she won't be returning to Texas anytime soon.

A lawyer representing McCrery at a brief hearing in Massachusetts said that judging by conversations with his client, he thinks she traveled hundreds of miles from home with the idea of taking her son's life and committing suicide.

"I believe she was up here to bring both herself and her son to heaven," George Murphy said in Concord, Mass. "She told me, `I love my son very much. I know where he is. He's in heaven. I want to go there as soon as possible.'"

The boy's body was found Saturday in an isolated area in South Berwick, Maine, and state police were at a loss to identify him because no one had reported him missing. Police believe he was killed in Hampton, N.H.

The last day the boy attended school in Texas was Friday, May 6. The next Monday, his mother called to report that he was absent because he was ill, and she continued to call this week, saying he was still sick, said Pat Lamb, director of security for the Irving Independent School District.

Meanwhile, the case was drawing national attention as the boy went unidentified for days. State police in Maine distributed a picture of a boy with blond hair and blue eyes — an image taken of his corpse, but altered to show how he would have looked alive.

It's extremely unusual for a missing child to go unreported. Similar cases happened only twice over the past two years, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Preliminary autopsy findings showed that Camden died of asphyxiation and was killed, according to Maine's chief medical examiner. The homicide remains under investigation.

McCrery was detained Wednesday at a highway rest stop in Chelmsford, Mass., after police got a tip about her pickup truck, which matched a vehicle seen near the spot where the boy's body was found covered with a blanket.

Her son died Saturday, the same day his body was discovered by a resident in Maine. Investigators believe Camden was killed that same day in Hampton, N.H., where he and his mother had stayed a night in a motel and checked out Saturday morning.

All the developments in New England occurred within 65 miles of one another.

After the New Hampshire court hearing, Senior Assistant Attorney General Susan Morrell said McCrery's family was traveling to New England and will claim the boy's body, which is in Augusta, Maine. She did not say which family members or when they would arrive.

"I think it's just a tragic case. There's not much more I can say right now," said Monica Kaeser, McCrery's public defender in New Hampshire.

Back in Texas, some of McCrery's friends didn't even know she and her son had left the modest mobile home a friend says she had bought for $5,000. But one of them says she wouldn't have been overly alarmed because McCrery sometimes disappeared.

She had done it before but always returned eventually. Just last fall, McCrery took her son out of kindergarten to travel to Seattle and Nebraska, said Shirley Miller, a longtime friend from Irving, Texas.

McCrery, known to friends as Julie, suffered from mood swings and sometimes would just "up and go" without telling anyone, Miller said.

"I would say she was a caring mother," Miller said. "I don't know why she did this unless she just flipped out."

Like most people, the woman appears to have harbored both demons and accomplishments.

Texas public records show that she was arrested at least twice on prostitution charges and once for possession with intent to distribute drugs.

And Amazon.com features a book for sale by a woman named Julie McCrery about how to get a good night's sleep, titled: "Good Night, Sleep Tight!" The biography says the author drove a school bus and operated a cement mixer. Her latest job, according to court records in Massachusetts, was as an "auto parts delivery contractor" in Texas.

Miller said that she baby-sat for Camden about two weeks ago and that he was wearing the same clothes he had on when his body was found in Maine. She said the clothes were brand new.

"Why did she leave him beside the road? I cannot get past that. That does not seem like her," she said. "I know she probably did it, but I can't get past why."

Lamb described McCrery's son as "a gifted and talented" kindergartner at W.T. Hanes Elementary School in Irving. Grief counselors were on hand to assist children and staff as news of his death spread on 600-student campus, Lamb said.

"He was a really bright student," Lamb said. "His teachers described him as a sponge who loved to learn."

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BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — A Texas mother pleaded guilty Friday to killing her 6-year-old son in New Hampshire and disposing of his body in rural Maine, and a prosecutor said the woman smothered her son with motel room pillows and the child struggled against her for "about three minutes" before he died.

In a deal with prosecutors, Julianne McCrery, 42, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of her son, Camden Hughes.

She is expected to be to be sentenced to 45 years to life in prison on Jan. 13, 2012.

After her arrest, McCrery told police she drove cross-country from Irving, Texas to Maine to buy castor beans to use in committing suicide, and spent the drive thinking of ways to kill her young son, Senior Assistant Attorney General Susan Morrell said in court.

"There was no one else in her family she believed was fit to raise him if she were dead and she did not think he should be raised by social services," Morrell said.

But Morrell also told Rockingham Superior Court Judge Tina Nadeau that investigators believe, after speaking with acquaintances of McCrery in Texas, that she felt "inconvenienced" by having Camden in her life and that she intended to return to Texas without the boy.

Morrell declined to elaborate on that theory after court.

Morrell said McCrery obtained the potentially lethal castor beans at a Maine emporium on May 12, and spent May 13 at Hampton Beach with Camden, checking into the Stone Gable Motel in Hampton that night. Early the next morning she ingested some of the castor beans and gave Camden some cold medication, Morrell said.

"An hour after feeding him the Nyquil, she took all the pillows off the bed and put them on the floor," Morrell said. "She lifted her son and placed him face down on the pillows. She lay on top of him, applying pressure to his body, with one hand over his mouth and smothered him. She said her son struggled, flailing his legs and arms for about three minutes."

McCrery told police it was daybreak when she put her son's body in the back seat of her Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck and covered it with a green blanket.

"She drove for some time," Morrell said, at one point turning onto a dirt road that led to another road in South Berwick, Maine, where she left her son's body in a wooded area not far from the road.

The discovery of Camden's body under a blanket on May 14 launched a nationwide effort to identify him. Even as that effort was under way, McCrery called his Texas elementary school daily to report him absent, saying he had appendicitis.

Morrell said the mystery of Camden's identity and the conviction of his mother might not have occurred but for a coincidence.

Linda Gove was driving to visit her in-laws in South Berwick when she noticed a blue truck, doors open and vacant, on the typically deserted road. She noticed U.S. Navy insignia on the truck. Glancing in her rear-view mirror, Gove noticed a woman, dark hair pulled into a ponytail, emerging from the woods. With her relatives, she went back and made the grim discovery.

Camden died of asphyxiation, according to a medical examiner, who also noted red blotches around his eyes and a bruise on one cheek.

Based on Gove's descriptions, McCrery and her truck were spotted at a Massachusetts truck stop. Morrell said when she was told about the effort to identify the little boy found dead in Maine, McCrery told a police officer, "Yes, that's my boy."

When Judge Nadeau asked McCrery if she was pleading guilty because she is guilty, McCrery answered softly, "Yes I am."

McCrery appeared calm throughout the hearing as she answered the judge's questions, wearing handcuffs shackled to a waist belt. Her father, Claude Hughes and brother, Christopher Hughes, attended the plea hearing but refused to comment, leaving the courthouse stoically.

"Today is really a difficult day for the McCrery and Hughes families," Morrell said outside court. "They are mourning the loss of Camden and struggling with how he died, at the hands of his mother."

"Today, we have justice for Camden," Morrell said.
Texas public records show that McCrery was arrested at least twice on prostitution charges and once for possession with intent to distribute drugs. In 2009, she was sentenced to one year in prison for a misdemeanor conviction of prostitution. In 2004, she was sentenced to three years of probation for a felony conviction of possession of a controlled substance.

Law enforcement authorities and friends have portrayed McCrery as a loving but troubled mother whose mood swings often prompted her to take lengthy road trips.

A lawyer who represented her at a brief court appearance in Massachusetts has said he got the impression from McCrery that her intent was to take her son's life and then kill herself. But Morrell said text messages to a new boyfriend in Texas that McCrery sent from the Chelmsford rest area implied she thought otherwise.

"That she maintained contact with the school and offered an excuse for Camden's absence suggests she intended to return to Texas," Morrell said.

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All I can say is thank goodness the woman who passed the parked vehicle and saw a woman coming out of the woods, turned around and went back. I cannot even imagine what it must have felt like for her to discover his little body there.
If it had not been for her, Camden's remains may have never been found.

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Texas mom sentenced to 45 years for killing son, 6

A Texas woman was sentenced Friday to 45 years in prison for suffocating her 6-year-old son in a New Hampshire motel room and leaving his body along a dirt road in Maine.
Julianne McCrery, 42, of Irving, Texas, told prosecutors she had planned to kill herself and that she killed her son, Camden Hughes, because no one else was fit to raise him. But prosecutors say they have evidence McCrery felt the boy was an inconvenience, and that she planned to go about her own life after killing him.

McCrery spoke tearfully at her sentencing hearing, calling her son beautiful and brilliant.
"I am sorry to have caused the intense pain and suffering to my precious son Camden," she said. "He did nothing whatsoever to deserve that by my hand, and he was not an inconvenience to me."
McCrery pleaded guilty in November to kneeling atop her son as he laid face-down on their motel room floor. She told investigators she covered his mouth with her hand as he struggled to survive.
On Friday, she said it has taken a while for her grief to fully unfold, but now it is "excruciating."
The discovery of Camden's body last May set off a nationwide effort to identify him. Meanwhile, McCrery called his elementary school in Texas daily to report him absent with appendicitis.
McCrery was arrested at a Massachusetts truck stop four days after Camden's body was discovered. A motorist who happened by the remote area where Camden's body was found was able to describe a pickup truck she had seen with its doors open and a Navy insignia on its window.
When she was questioned at the truck stop, McCrery identified herself and told police she had killed her son at a Hampton motel and left his body under a green blanket by the side of the road.
McCrery's family members -- including a son on leave from the Navy -- attended the sentencing.

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McCrery sentenced to 45 years in son's murder

By JAMES A. KIMBLE
Union Leader Correspondent
Published Jan 14, 2012 at 3:00 am (Updated Jan 13, 2012)

BRENTWOOD — A Texas mother who smothered her 6-year-old son to death inside a Hampton motel room said during her sentencing Friday that she feels inconsolable loss from her actions.

“I am very sorry to have caused intense pain and suffering to my precious son, Camden,” Julianne McCrery, 42, of Irving, Texas, said before being sentenced 45 years to life in state prison. “He did nothing whatsoever to deserve that by my hand. He was not an inconvenience to me. In fact, I never intended our separation.”

Her sentencing at Rockingham County Superior Court came two months after she pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for killing her son on May 14.

She left her boy’s body covered with a blanket, hidden off of on a wooded road in South Berwick, Maine.

With McCrery now in prison, few answers about the killing have emerged.

Her family described her as a loving and devoted mother who was deeply religious. McCrery’s past includes convictions in Texas for prostitution and drugs, according to prosecutors.

She maintained on Friday that she intended to commit suicide by poisoning herself to death with castor beans after killing her son, so they could be together.

She traveled to Maine to buy castor beans, yet she knew from an earlier suicide attempt that the beans did not work unless they were chewed, prosecutors said.

After the murder, a passerby saw McCrery walking out of the woods, which led to finding Hughes’ body.

The discovery set off a nationwide inquiry by Maine State Police to identify the deceased boy.

The investigation took a sudden turns in a matter of hours — first toward Massachusetts, where McCrery was found sitting in her pickup truck at a Chelmsford, Mass., rest stop, then to the New Hampshire motel room where the murder happened.

Hughes, according to his family, was a gifted boy who read beyond his grade level and loved going to the library.

“He was a happy child full of life until May 14, 2011, until his mother dosed him with NyQuil and took him from his bed in the middle of the night. This is the one person that Camden should have trusted,” Senior Assistant Attorney General Susan Morrell said.

Family members who spoke in court on Friday were forgiving and even spoke of the love they still had for McCrery.

“Camden is with God now. His life was taken too soon. He had a life to live into adulthood but that right was taken away from him,” McCrery’s mother, Lu Rae McCrery, said in court.
“People ask me how I feel. I feel lost at sea, like a piece of driftwood,” she added. “I feel dead inside.”

Julianne McCrery could be released from prison when she’s 87 years old, a term of punishment that prosecutors said fit her crime.

“What Julianne did was horrible,” her brother, Chris Hughes said. “My heart is broken forever. I miss Camden so much and I miss you so much, Julianne.”

“I need everyone to know despite what she did, she is not a bad person,” Hughes said. “I don’t know why she did what she did. I think and believe with my soul she would go back and change it if she could.”

Hughes said he wanted to thank the people in Maine and New Hampshire who supported his family once his nephew’s body was found.

McCrery’s older son, Ian, who is on leave from the Navy, told his mother that he still loved her despite the loss of his younger brother.

“I forgive you,” he said. “It’s easy for me because I’ve know you for so long. You’ve done a great job raising me.”

Defense lawyer Julia Nye said to reporters outside of court that McCrery wanted to say how much she loved Camden and to apologize to the people she hurt.

Asked about whether McCrery considered an insanity defense, Nye said, “The obvious defense in this case is insanity. We did review that with her thoroughly. She chose to accept responsibility for her actions. She recognizes what she did was wrong.”

Morrell told reporters outside of the courtroom on Friday that evidence suggested that McCrery may have intended to return to her life in Texas once her son was dead. She had hidden the body and remained in phone contact with family and friends as if nothing was wrong, Morrell said.

“This case raises more questions then there are answers for,” she said.

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