CONCORD, N.H. (CBS/AP) – The grandmother of the little boy found dead along a dirt road in Maine says the birthday she shared with him will never be the same.

She says she’s heartbroken over what happened to 6-year-old Camden Hughes, who liked to practice writing and play football in the backyard.

LuRae McCrery of Curtis, Neb., sent a letter to several media outlets saying she is heartbroken over the death of her grandson, but was touched by the outpouring of concern that followed the discovery of his body in South Berwick, Maine, on Saturday.

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Julianne McCrery is seen in a police booking photo. She is accused of killing her son Camden Pierce Hughes.

The boy’s mother, 42-year-old Julianne McCrery of Irving, Texas, is charged with second-degree murder. She was arrested in Concord, Massachusetts and is accused of killing her son in Hampton, New Hampshire.

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson reports

McCreary, who is being held in isolation at the Rockingham County Jail, has spoken to her mother by phone.

“Julie called her this morning and asked her why she was in Maine and she said she went up there to get Castor Beans,” said her former boyfriend Robert Miller.

Miller says McCrery had tried to kill herself years before with the poisonous beans.

WBZ-TV’s Peg Rusconi reports

“She went into a coma,” he recounted. “They told her the reason she is alive is because she didn’t chew them up. I guess this time she was going to crew them up. Well, she did and they still didn’t kill her.”

A memorial fund has been set up in Camden’s name in Texas.
The money donated will go toward a full burial for Camden and any traveling expenses for his family.
Any money left over will be donated to an organization to be named later, most likely one that works to find lost children

A memorial fund has been set up in Camden’s name in Texas.

The money donated will go toward a full burial for Camden and any traveling expenses for his family.

Any money left over will be donated to an organization to be named later, most likely one that works to find lost children.

Camden Hughes Memorial Fund
Northstar Bank of Texas
3301 Teasley Lane
Denton , Tx 76201

Please make checks payable to: Camden Hughes Memorial Fund

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Comments (12)
  1. emom says:


    1. donny marcustre jr says:

      we all on facebook and all over the world want you too know that he is gods hands and no one will ever hurt him ever again and thank you for being there for him.

  2. Carol Poles says:

    We in New England have embraced your little grandson, as if he were ours. He’s a precious angel who is now safe in heaven. He’ll always be remembered.

  3. Donaldjr William Marcustre says:

    everyone will have prayes for that little boy canden for he is a angle and all the angles will be all around him and he will be safely in GOD and HIS angles arms , MAY GOD BE WITH YOU AND HIS ANGLES .

    1. John says:

      Donald: your message is kind but his name is CAMDEN and he is an ANGEL.

  4. Sue says:

    You’re welcome. He’s in our hearts and one of our own. He’s at peace surrounded by God’s loving arms and light. Peace be to you as you mourn the loss of your grandson from one grandmother to another.

  5. Audrey Palmer says:

    I feel so awful for all the people left behind in the wake of this… Camden’s big brother, his grandmother, and so many others. This huge embracing of Camden by New England and nationwide makes me so proud of the human race… we’re not doomed yet… rest in peace, little guy.

  6. Carol A. Sullivan says:

    God Bless Camdens family always…may they find peace that the little man is safe and in Gods hands forever…Bless all of you at this time of sorrow..

    Concerned Grandmother from Boston/NH

  7. william says:

    may camden be embraced by god as well as those who are dear and close to him, he has been in our prayers since the news broke. may god bless you. it broke my heart ,that i can relate because i have children his age and would feel the same way, as i have children that are camdens age.

    dad of 3 from new hampshire.

  8. kayla says:

    why would the grandmother want to visit her? i know if i was the grandma, i wouldnt go visit her, ill let her rot in jail with no visitors. Rip camden, its so sad your mum took your life before you even got a chance to live it.

  9. Amber says:

    Dear Camden, I am sorry that you had to leave this earth so early in your life and I am more sorry that someone you trusted and loved is the one who sent you away, I didn’t know you , but I love you as I love my own children, because I am a mother and you deserved and still deserve a mother’s love. may you forever rest in peace Camden.

    with all my heart, : Amber Guigue

  10. Donna Mcguire says:

    I know that camden is in God’s hands and living a life free from harm. We can all look up to heaven and know that this angel is looking down on us. I didnt know this family personally but my daughter and her best friend had the joy of knowing him through their church childrens ministry. I pray for his family and also for his church family. We dont always see it right away but in some way one day God will show us why it was time for Camden to come home.

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