BRENTWOOD, N.H. (CBS/AP) — 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.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

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.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith reports

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.

camden pierce hughes Texas Mom Sorry For Inflicting Intense Pain And Suffering In Sons NH Murder

Camden Pierce Hughes (photo courtesy: Facebook)

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.

McCrery’s former boyfriend Robert Miller told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 that he’s happy she’s behind bars, but thinks she should have faced the death penalty.

“She won’t hurt any more children, but really, I think that people who kill children should be put to death. I couldn’t say “except for her” she’d have to fall into the same category,” said Miller.

Listen: Miller Talks To WBZ NewsRadio 1030

Miller added that McCrery was mentally disturbed, but he has no idea why she would have committed such a horrible act.

“She was disturbed. I heard now that she’s on medication and her mind is clearing up. I wish that would have happened earlier, but it never did.”

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith reports

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Comments (10)
  1. justme says:

    She should be put through a wood-chipper

  2. arachne646 says:

    I think her suffering every day while she thinks about what she did will be a punishment for her. If she is indeed a completely evil woman (unlikely since her older son is still there supporting her), she will be spending likely the rest of her life watching her back in prison. Other prisoners have the attitude of “justme” towards childkillers, so McRery’s life will be spent fighting, avoiding fights, or in solitary confinement.

  3. sullyinma says:

    “I am sorry to have caused the intense pain and suffering to my precious son Camden”

    It’s a little late for that, don’t you think.

  4. arachne646 says:

    Of course it is. Remorse and a feeling of guilt are always TOO late to undo the crime. That is why they count at sentencing if the judge and expert witnesses feel they are sincere.

  5. emom says:

    She should be forced to see pictures & video’s of her son, before that what she had done to him. Made to wake to the voice. See his smile in a mirror hear his laugh, see those beautiful eyes where ever she goes. Having him being a part of her daily living will be her torture for life.

  6. arachne646 says:

    I expect that, now that her mental illness has been treated, that is just what is occupying her mind all the time. Her suffering will continue longer than the 45 year sentence, if she should live so long.

  7. Ron T says:

    I don’t get that she didn’t get life without the possibility of parole, like Pamela Smart got, when she was convicted in the masterminding of her husband’s murder!

    Both those crimes in New Hampshire are equally evil!

    1. arachne646 says:

      This was a failed murder-suicide, not a conspiracy to have a husband murdered for monetary gain. Premeditation and murder for financial gain make a difference in the severity of charges laid, and mental illness should be a mitigating factor in sentencing.

  8. Italo says:

    I am so freaking tired of Neanderthals calling for someone who does something like this to be chopped up, run over, executed painfully, whatever you want to call it, etc. This was wrong, tragic, and horrific. But obviously, somebody who would do something like this has real serious, severe mental problems. Nobody in their right, sane mind would intentionally do to a child what this parent did. So the answer is, then, to exterminate disturbed people as if their roaches? Why not try to help rehabilitate her so that she can stay in prison and eventually help others around her, since the realization of what she couldn’t help doing is more than enough going to punish and haunt her for the rest of her living days? Enough.

    1. justme says:

      Of course, she is a victim. Mentally ill my a##

      Set her on fire

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