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The minor’s uncle informed the authorities that saw the girl with a black eye in July 2019. He also called the police for other forms of “abusive discipline” against Harmony, turning the case into child abuse.
Harmony Montgomery’s father, a 7-year-old girl missing in New Hampshire, was arrested and defendant in connection with the case, according to court documents filed Wednesday.
Prosecutors allege that 31-year-old Adam Montgomery inflicted bodily injury on Harmony knowingly by “punching her in the face” in July 2019; knowingly concealed it from the state Division of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF); and “refused to provide the Manchester Police Department with information leading to the whereabouts” of Harmony, the complaint states.
According to an edited police affidavit filed Wednesday, Montgomery gave his daughter a black eye in July 2019 and gave conflicting accounts of the last time he saw her.
Manchester police officers began their search for the subject after Crystal Sorey, Harmony’s biological mother, informed the police on November 18 that the girl was missing and that he hadn’t seen her in over six months
After contacting DCYF and verifying the addresses associated with Montgomery, the police couldn’t locate him or Harmony, according to the affidavit filed in Hillsborough Superior Court.
Sorey told police that he lost custody of his daughter in July 2018 due, in part, to substance abuse issues and attempted to locate Harmony over the years but was unable to locate her, according to the affidavit.
Police said they were notified by DCYF on December 27 that the agency could not locate Harmony, after which the Manchester Police Department opened an investigation.
In an affidavit, Harmony’s mother noted that the last time he saw his daughter was during a FaceTime call with Montgomery around Easter 2019 and that the minor “seemed scared.”
Manchester Police contacted Montgomery’s younger brother on 30 December, who “was concerned that Adam was physically abusive.” When interviewing him, he told them that he had not seen his nephew or Harmony since late 2019.
The uncle also told police that he saw the girl with a black eye in July 2019 and notified DCYF. The man stated that Montgomery told him he caused the black eye by hitting Harmony.
He also noted that he called the police for other forms of “abusive discipline” against the minor, including a “hard slap on the butt”, which they forced her to stand in a corner for hours and that his father ordered him to rub his toothbrush in a toilet.
Kayla Montgomery, the defendant’s wife, told police on December 31 that she last saw Harmony in November or December 2019, and that Adam told her that he would take her back to her mother in Massachusetts.
In an affidavit, she added that she has had no contact with Adam Montgomery since November 2021, who already lives with another woman.
Police found Adam and his girlfriend sleeping in a car in Manchester later that day. Adam first indicated that Harmony was fine and that he had seen her “something recently.” He later noted that he had not seen his daughter since Crystal Sorey He came to pick her up around Thanksgiving 2019.
He subsequently stopped responding to police questions and was shown without much reaction when police said they were concerned that Harmony was still alive, the affidavit says.
For its part, Harmony’s mother has “flatly denied” having taken custody of the girl or seen her after the 2019 FaceTime call, police said.
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