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Julianne McCrery-Charged in Death Of Son In Maine

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Who is this boy?

Investigators in Maine continue to ask this question two days after discovering the body of an unidentified four- or five-year-old boy on the side of a rural road.

Authorities have received more than 100 tips about the child, but Maine State Police Lt. Brian McDonough told ABC News that his agency is no closer to to identifying the boy than they were when they found the child under a blanket on a remote road in South Berwick at around 5 p.m. on Saturday.

"Somebody has got to miss this child. He's a nephew of somebody, a son or grandson of somebody. ... It's just been very, very frustrating that we haven't gotten any leads, significant leads, in identifying this child," McDonough said.

Police say the child's death is suspicious.

The boy is described as having short, dirty blonde hair and blue eyes. According to police, the child is about three feet, eight inches, weighs 45 pounds and still has his baby teeth.

He was found wearing a gray camouflage hooded sweatshirt, tan pants and a dark blue short-sleeved shirt featuring the words "Aviator Series," CNN reports.

Making matters more complicated, no child matching that description has been reported missing in Maine, New Hampshire or Massachusetts.

Maine State Police have released a computer generated image of the boy, hoping someone will recognize the child.

Authorities are currently investigating reports from witnesses who spotted a woman driving a blue Toyota Tacoma pickup truck with an extended cab and a covered bed near the site where the body was discovered on Saturday morning.

Authorities urge anyone with information about the child or the pickup truck to call Maine State Police at (207) 657-3030.
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Truly disturbing.
That is sick, plain sick.
The simple explanation is that he was the only "survivor" of a family. That's why no one reported him missing... :(

Kid coulda been kidnapped from anywhere. Scary.
There's too many scenarios ... and they're all bad.

I hope there's a special place in HELL for these kind of people.
T.Webb said:
There's too many scenarios ... and they're all bad.

I hope there's a special place in HELL for these kind of people.

Just so sad.
WTF is wrong with some people?
This is a really sad story.
The mom (who confessed) needs to be put to death.

Beyond sad. It makes you want to cry your eyes out when you think about what's going on out there that you don't hear about until it hits the headlines. Some people just shouldn't have children.

May that child rest in peace.
Julianne McCrery, Texas Mom, Charged in Death Of Son Found In Maine

BOSTON - A Texas woman whose 6-year-old son was found dead last weekend in Maine stands accused of killing the boy and dumping his body alongside a dirt road where it was discovered, authorities said.

Julianne McCrery, 42, of Irving, Texas, was charged with second-degree murder Wednesday in the death of her son, Camden Hughes. The police apprehension of her earlier in the day set off a rapid-fire chain of events in which jurisdiction shifted from Maine, where the boy's body was discovered, to Massachusetts, where McCrery was found and questioned, and finally to New Hampshire, where authorities believe the boy died and the formal charges were ultimately filed.

McCrery was due to be arraigned Thursday morning in Concord, Mass., on a charge of being a fugitive from justice stemming from the murder charge, said New Hampshire Attorney General Michael A. Delaney.

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

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.

The voicemail was full for a Texas phone listing for McCrery.

Her son died Saturday, the same day his body was discovered by a local resident in South Berwick, Maine, near the state line with New Hampshire, officials said. He had not been reported missing, and amid several frustrating days seeking his identity, Maine State Police had released a computer-generated image showing a boy with dirty blond hair and blues eyes.

Christian von Atzigen, of Irving, Texas, said he told police he recognized the boy as the son of McCrery, a woman he and his wife have been close friends with since she and his wife met in school 15 years ago.

"We didn't want to believe it," von Atzigen said.

"Julie's a good person. If you would ever ask me if she would harm a hair on that precious little boy's head, I would say never," he told The Associated Press. "She loves that boy."

Von Atzigen said that after McCrery and her husband divorced, he and his wife remained friends with both of them. He said Camden was a happy boy, and he never heard McCrery raise her voice to him.

"I never even saw her discipline him," he said. "He was just a great little boy, just fun, a good kid, smart as a whip," he said.

Von Atzigen said he last saw McCrery on Easter, when she came to his house to get a part to fix her hot water heater. While she was there, she dropped off some of Camden's toys for his 2-year-old son, he said.

He said he doesn't know why McCrery was in Maine.

"My wife talked to her a couple of days ago and everything seemed OK," he said. "There was no mention of her going anywhere."

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

"In the vast, vast majority of these, there's someone, a parent or grandparent, searching for that child," Allen said.

On Wednesday, a telephone tip led police to McCrery at a highway rest stop in Chelmsford, Mass., said state police spokesman David Procopio.

In Maine, the case has led to an outpouring of emotion. Several hundred people attended a candlelight vigil in the boy's memory Tuesday night in front of the South Berwick town hall.

Near where the boy was found, people have placed three crosses, dozens of stuffed animals, candles, flowers, a baseball and other children's items. A framed piece of paper says, "God Bless This Little Boy."

Bruce and Laurie Ralph, who live down the street from where the body was found, placed a stuffed animal on the site.

"The whole community has come together and has feelings for this boy, who nobody seems to know who he is," Laurie Ralph said Wednesday as she and her husband visited the site. "You hear of missing children all the time, but when it happens in your hometown - and on your own street - it's scarier."


Contreras reported from Concord, Mass. Associated Press writers David Sharp in Portland, Maine; Clarke Canfield in Alfred, Maine; and Kathy McCormack in Concord, N.H.; contributed to this report
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May his soul rest in peace and may God grant him everlasting life in his Kingdom.
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