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

(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.)

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.
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)
Julianne McCrery, of Irving, Texas, is escorted by New Hampshire state police from Concord District Court, in Concord, Mass., following her arraignment on a fugitive from justice charge, Thursday, May 19, 2011.
Julianne McCrery, of Irving, Texas, is escorted by New Hampshire state police from Concord District Court, in Concord, Mass., following her arraignment on a fugitive from justice charge, Thursday, May...   (Steven Senne)
Julianne McCrery, of Irving, Texas, is seen during her arraignment on a fugitive from justice charge in Concord District Court, in Concord, Mass., Thursday, May 19, 2011.
Julianne McCrery, of Irving, Texas, is seen during her arraignment on a fugitive from justice charge in Concord District Court, in Concord, Mass., Thursday, May 19, 2011.   (Jon Hill)
A memorial site is seen  near the spot where a young boy's body was found last Saturday in South Berwick, Maine, on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.
A memorial site is seen near the spot where a young boy's body was found last Saturday in South Berwick, Maine, on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.   (Pat Wellenbach)
Bruce Ralph walks past a memorial near the spot where a young boy's body was found last Saturday in South Berwick, Maine, on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.
Bruce Ralph walks past a memorial near the spot where a young boy's body was found last Saturday in South Berwick, Maine, on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.   (Pat Wellenbach)
A memorial site is seen near the spot where a young boy's body was found last Saturday in South Berwick, Maine, on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.
A memorial site is seen near the spot where a young boy's body was found last Saturday in South Berwick, Maine, on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.   (Pat Wellenbach)
Police in Massachusetts on Wednesday were questioning a woman in the investigation of a young boy whose body was found along a dirt road in Maine.
Police in Massachusetts on Wednesday were questioning a woman in the investigation of a young boy whose body was found along a dirt road in Maine.   (Charles Krupa)
This 2005 file booking photo provided by the Dallas County Jail shows Julianne McCrery. Prosecutors say McCrery has been arrested in Massachusetts following accusations that she killed her young son.
This 2005 file booking photo provided by the Dallas County Jail shows Julianne McCrery. Prosecutors say McCrery has been arrested in Massachusetts following accusations that she killed her young son.   ((AP Photo/Dallas County Jail/file))
A memorial is seen Tuesday, May 17, 2011 in South Berwick, Maine near where the body of an unidentified boy was found Saturday. Police have classified the death as suspicious.
A memorial is seen Tuesday, May 17, 2011 in South Berwick, Maine near where the body of an unidentified boy was found Saturday. Police have classified the death as suspicious.   (Joel Page)
Bruce Ralph looks over a memorial erected near the spot where a young boy's body was found last Saturday in South Berwick, Maine, on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.
Bruce Ralph looks over a memorial erected near the spot where a young boy's body was found last Saturday in South Berwick, Maine, on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.   (Pat Wellenbach)
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