(Tampa, FL) – Be careful who you lay down with and allow around your children. Sad story out of Tampa, Fl involving a 31-year old man who is being charged with murdering his stepson over a cookie.
The crime allegedly took place in the Masters Inn in Seffner Florida where Jack Junior Montgomery was watching the young boy and his three brothers while their mother Donya Shenita Russell was working a double shift at work.
It’s being reported that 7-year old Brice Russell got out of bed to get cookie and Montgomery not only repeatedly punched and kicked the little boy but forced his siblings to engage in the attack as well. He also threw the boy around.
His brothers say “[Montgomery] picked him up and flung him across the hotel room into what’s kind of a cabinet, where he hit head first. The State Attorney also say an employee at the hotel called police after they heard loud shouting in a room where a man was yelling “beat the kid” and “push the kid over there.”
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call around 1 a.m on Saturday to conduct a welfare search. Montgomery, who identified himself to officers as “Jack,” said he was playing loud music and opened the door to show authorities the sleeping children. Prosecutors said Montgomery put Brice to sleep with the other children in the same bed, but officials think the child was dead by that time.
“Mr. Montgomery took the child put him to bed and had the siblings sleep with him while Brice was dead the entire night,” Smith said.
The next morning, Montgomery called 911 to report that his stepson was not breathing. Brice was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Medical Examiner’s office said the boy’s death was due to a result of homicidal violence. The investigation found that Montgomery had punched the child in the face, stomach, and mouth.
Montgomery has a history of domestic violence and battery and could be looking at the death penalty for the boy’s murder. He was arrested on Sunday and charged with aggravated child abuse and felony first-degree murder. Montgomery is currently being held at the county jail on $870,000 bond.