On Saturday, authorities discovered the body of a six-year-old boy on the side of a road in New Hampshire.
The kid looked clean and well cared for, and authorities couldn’t understand how it was that the person who had taken such good care of him had not reported him missing or responded once they released a photo. Now, sadly, we know why.
A Texas woman has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in connection with the killing and dumping of her 6-year-old son’s body along a Maine rural road, authorities said.
Julianne McCrery, 42, was arrested Wednesday on a Massachusetts fugitive-of-justice charge, according to a news release issued by authorities in three New England states.
“The fugitive from justice charge arose from an arrest warrant issued in the State of New Hampshire on the charge of second-degree murder,” the release stated.
On Wednesday, sources told ABC News McCrery has confessed to killing and dumping her son’s body.
The Irving, Texas, woman told police that she accidentally gave her 6-year-old son Camden Hughes too much cough syrup, the sources said.
Initial autopsy results indicate asphyxiation was Camden’s cause of death but final results are pending.
Those who knew Juli McCrery all agree on one thing: she loved her youngest son more than life itself. But clearly she had some other things going on internally.
She was also a troubled woman who battled mental illness and substance abuse and had tried to kill herself, relatives told the Boston Globe.
McCrery’s ex-boyfriend Robert Miller, 49, said she and Camden moved in with him about two years ago – but she would often leave for short periods because they regularly argued.
Mr. Miller told WCVB he never thought she would hurt the child. ‘She loved him dearly,’ he said. ‘He was a very nice little boy. He was real smart.’
McCrery does not know who is Camden’s father.
‘I’m the only daddy (Camden) has ever had,’ Mr. Miller told the Boston Globe. ‘Her and I and (Camden) had a very strong faith in Christ. That’s why I know he’s in a better place and I’m glad he’s there.’
Mr. Miller believed McCrery was still in Texas as she did not say anything to him about being away or reveal anything was wrong when they last spoke on Tuesday.
McCrery’s mother, LuRae McCrery of Curtis, Nebraska, had also spoken with her daughter as recently as Tuesday – and also thought nothing was wrong.
‘We’ve been talking every day,’ she told the Boston Globe. ‘I have no idea why she went to Maine. I don’t think she knew anyone in that part of the country. I don’t have a clue.’
She also said her daughter had lost her job delivering car parts around a month ago – but kept it private and ‘got to the end of her rope’.
‘Juli and Cam were so close,’ she told the Boston Globe. ‘Her whole life was raising her son. That’s why I just can’t make sense of this.’
She confirmed to Boston 7 News WHDH that McCrery was arrested in 2003 and 2004 at least four times and convicted on charges of prostitution and drugs – before Camden was born.
That poor baby should have never been the one to suffer for his mom’s inner demons.