Mother says McCrery "seemed normal" this week

(NEWS CENTER) -- Lurae McCrery, the mother of a woman now accused of killing her young son and leaving him by the side of the road in South Berwick, says she is in shock.

Police have charged 42-year old Julianne McCrery of Irving, Texas with the second degree murder of 6-year old Camden Hughes. His body was found by the side of Dennett Road in South Berwick on Saturday.  Maine's medical examiner says his cause of death was asphyxiation.

Lurae McCrery says she spoke with her daughter on Tuesday, 3 days after the boy's body was found and no one had reported him missing. She said about Julianne, "She seemed normal. We just chit-chatted about everything, you know. She seemed absolutely normal. I asked her how Camden was and she said he's fine."

Couple that found body of boy speaks at vigil

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A couple stood up to speak at Wednesday night's vigil and announced that they were the people who found Camden Pierce Hughes' body.

Manley and Linda Gove said they discovered the six year-old boy's body on their property on Dennett Road Saturday evening. They told the hundreds gathered for a vigil at the First Parish Federated Church that they love Camden Hughes as one of their own.

"Camden deserved the right to be loved," Linda Gove said. "And maybe his life ended in a tragic way, but you can see that he was very loved."

"Even though he's not bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh, I feel like he is, and we're so happy to accept him" Manley Gove said.

Acton man charged with 6 counts of arson

ACTON, Maine (AP) -- A 56-year-old Maine man has been charged with six counts of arson for allegedly setting a string of fires in his hometown of Acton.

The state fire marshal's office said two fire investigators arrested John Hogan III on Thursday upon his release from Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook, where he had been undergoing evaluation since the day of the fires.

About 75 firefighters from departments in Maine and nearby New Hampshire responded to the fires the night of April 27. The fires destroyed two seasonal houses, a pontoon boat, an SUV and a shed, while damaging a third house.

Hogan is being held at the York County Jail in Alfred.






Police question mother about death of son

CONCORD, Mass. (NEWS CENTER) -- The mother of the boy found dead in Maine was questioned by Massachusetts and Maine State Police on Wednesday. WHDH-TV in Boston is reporting she has confessed to killing her son.

The body of the young boy was discovered Saturday in South Berwick. Police have labeled his death suspicious.

Julianne McCrery, who is from Irving, Texas, reportedly cooperated with Massachusetts State Police as she was interviewed at the Concord barracks. She has not been charged.

The Maine Department of Public Safety and the Maine Attorney General's Office say they have positively identified the boy. The name of the little boy has been reported as Camden Pierce Hughes.

According to sources, the mother and child drove up from Texas to Maine.

Community holds vigil for unidentified boy

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Members of the community gathered for a candlight vigil Tuesday to support one another and the memorialize the child that no one can seem to identify.

Hundreds of people gathered at the South Berwick Town Hall. They gave short speeches, sang, and lit candles. The people who attended say they are deeply saddened and angered by the boy's death.

"Honestly I don't feel anyone, no matter who they are should have to go through a situation like this," Brianna Hale of South Berwick said. "How anyone could do that to a little child I have no idea. It's heartbreaking and it sickens me that someone could do that."

100 leads investigated in boy's death

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine (AP) -- Maine State police say they have investigated about 100 leads from northern Maine to as far away as the Midwest but so far haven't had any luck in identifying the boy whose body was found over the weekend.

The body was found Saturday evening at the end of a dirt driveway in South Berwick, Maine. Police believe the body was placed at the scene Saturday morning, and that the boy had died a couple of hours earlier.

The boy was 3 feet, 8 inches tall, weighed 45 pounds and had dirty blond hair and blue eyes. He's believed to have been between 4 and 6 years old. Autopsy results have not been released.

Police also are looking into reports that a dark-blue extended-cab Toyota Tacoma pickup with a cover was in the area.

If you have any information about the boy, State Police ask you to contact them at (207) 657-3030.

State Police: More leads, still no ID on boy

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine (AP) -- Maine State Police say they've received several dozen more tips overnight, but none have led to the identity of a boy whose body was found over the weekend in South Berwick.

Investigators have pleaded to the public for help in identifying the boy, whose body was found Saturday alongside a dirt road.

Maine Public Safety Department spokesman Steve McCausland says the police command post has been moved from South Berwick to the state police barracks in Alfred where detectives continue to investigate new leads.

The boy, believed to be between 4 and 6 years old, was wearing a gray camouflage hoodie, tan pants and black "Lightning McQueen" sneakers. He had blue eyes and dirty blond hair. The death is classified as suspicious; autopsy results have not been released.