Forty-two-year-old Julianne McCrery was charged with second-degree murder in the death of her son, Camden Hughes. She pleaded guilty Friday morning.
Her deal calls for a sentence of 45 years to life in prison. She is expected to be sentenced in January.
The discovery of Camden’s body in May under a blanket on a dirt road launched a nationwide effort to identify him. Even as that was under way, McCrery called her son’s Texas school daily to report him absent.
A medical examiner says Camden died of asphyxiation. The mother and son had stayed in a New Hampshire motel the weekend before his body was discovered.