Texas mother arraigned in N.H. on charges she murdered 6-year-old son

May 20th, 2011 by Staff

CONCORD, Mass. – Four days after a young boy’s body was found in the woods in Maine, the boy has been identified as 6-year-old Camden Pierce-Hughes of Texas and his mother is under arrest thanks to a tip called in by an observant driver.

“We received a call from a citizen who had seen prior coverage of this investigation and provided information that a vehicle of interest was potentially at a Chelmsford rest stop on the southbound side of the highway,” said David Procopio of the Massachusetts State Police.

Sources say the boy’s mother, 42-year-old Julianne McCrery from Irving, Texas, was spotted sitting in her blue Toyota Tacoma pickup at that rest stop.

Investigators have now charged McCrery with second degree murder. Sources told 7News she confessed to killing her son.

Several hours into her talk with police, she was put into an ambulance and driven to nearby Emerson Hospital.

“The determination was made that a medical evaluation was appropriate, she remains in custody,” said Procopio.

With McCrery now under arrest, police say that Camden died from asphyxiation. His body was found wrapped in a blanket on Saturday night off a dirt road in South Berwick, Maine.

That morning, a witness saw a woman in a blue pickup on that remote road and that’s practically all police had to go on. They spent days checking missing persons cases and fielding tips from across the country with no luck. Maine State Police had also released a computer-generated photo of the boy.

Police won’t reveal any details as to why the Texas mother would drive all the way to Maine. McCrery’s attorney, George Murphy, said she doesn’t have any relatives in the area.

“I’m thoroughly confused why one would drive from Texas all the way to Maine or New Hampshire to do what you’re gonna do,” he said. “But I don’t believe she was up here for a trip, I believe she was up here to bring both herself and her son to heaven.”

Far from heaven, McCrery headed to court instead. In Concord, Mass she waved her right to fight extradition – the woman wants justice.

“She would prefer the death penalty cause that will get her to heaven faster. Anyway that she can get to heaven that’s what she wants to do,” said Murphy.

McCrery, according to her Massachusetts attorney hasn’t eaten in five days, and spoke for hours to state troopers in Concord, apparently confessing to the murder of her little boy.

“I asked her how she felt about her son and she said, ‘I love my son very much.’” said McCrery.

Despite taking McCrery into custody in Massachusetts and the body being found in Maine, the case is now being handled by authorities in New Hampshire, where prosecutors say Camden was killed.

McCrery’s second court appearance in Portsmouth, New Hampshire is where she heard the two second degree murder charges she faces that she knowingly and recklessly caused her son’s death by denying him air.

“It quickly developed yesterday and we determined that the homicide had occurred actually in New Hampshire,” New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General Susan Morrell said.

Now, with an apparent confession, and the names of the boy and mother, police can spend less time on who’s involved and focus on why it happened.

McCrery is expected back in court in New Hampshire next week.

Stay with 7NEWS and WHDH.com for updates to this developing story. If you have information related to the story, please e-mail newstips@whdh.com.

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