Dead Boy's Mom Was Prone to Mood Swings, Disappearing
Family friend said Julianne McCrery is "up one minute and down the next"
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 19, 2011 2:08 PM CDT
Julianne McCrery, 42, of Irving, Texas, arrives in District Court Thursday, May 19, 2011 in Portsmouth, NH. McCrery was charged with killing her six-year-old son.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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(Newser) – A family friend says the Texas woman accused of killing her 6-year-old son last weekend in Maine was a caring mother who suffered mood swings that would prompt her to leave town. Shirley Miller of Arlington, Texas, said that while Julianne "Julie" McCrery sometime would just "up and go" without telling anyone but she would always come back. Last fall the 42-year-old woman took son Camden Hughes out of kindergarten and went to Seattle and Nebraska before returning to Texas where she was living with Miller's adult son.

McCrery "was up one minute and down the next" but Miller says would never have believed she'd hurt Camden, whose body was found alongside a Maine road. Miller says, "I can't get past why." (Click to read about McCrery's possible murder-suicide plan.)