THE stepmother of a missing eight-year-old girl who police believe was recently killed has been arrested again.
Kayla Montgomery, 31, was arrested by New Hampshire law enforcement on charges unrelated to her stepdaughter Harmony’s disappearance in 2019.
The stepmother was arrested the day after a warrant was issued for failing to appear in court at a residence in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Harmony Montgomery has not been seen alive since October 2019, but Manchester, New Hampshire Police Chief Allen Altenberg said in early August that “biological evidence” leads police to believe she was killed in December 2019.
He did not provide any further information.
Now Harmony’s stepmother, Kayla, faces gun violence and perjury charges.
The girl’s father, Adam, also faces child abuse and gun charges.
Both have pleaded not guilty to all charges and neither have been charged in connection with Harmony’s death.
However, Kayla failed to appear in court on Thursday, resulting in a judge issuing a warrant for her arrest, a New Hampshire court told The US Sun.
The court said in an email, “While the judge has granted the state’s request for a warrant, it is sealed.”
The court did not say why the warrant is sealed.
Meanwhile, Adam’s defense team filed court documents Tuesday demanding to know what promises were made to Adam.
“In order to protect Mr. Montgomery’s right to due process as described in Brady and His Descendants, the State of Defense must disclose to the Defense any consideration these witnesses receive,” according to documents obtained by The US Sun.
This comes as Kayla has been arrested multiple times, once for reportedly lying to a grand jury.
She was arrested in June as “another step in the investigation into the whereabouts of Harmony Montgomery,” Manchester Police Chief Aldenberg told WMUR.
“We will continue to do everything in our power to bring this case to a resolution.”
The stepmother has been arrested twice more since Harmony’s disappearance.
In January, Montgomery was charged with the felony count of welfare fraud.
According to the welfare fraud allegations, Montgomery continued to receive food aid from Harmony after she disappeared from her home.
Then, in April, she was arrested on larceny charges over an incident involving stolen firearms and Adam Montgomery, her husband and Harmon’s father.
ADAM’S ALLEGED ABUSE
The young girl was placed in the care of her father in 2019 when she was about five years old.
Adam, 31, is being held on second-degree assault charges over an alleged assault on Harmony in 2019.
The 31-year-old is also facing charges of violating custody and two administrative offenses for endangering the welfare of a child.
He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Adam’s brother Michael told police the 31-year-old physically abused Harmony and gave her a black eye.
A detective then spoke to Harmony’s uncle, Kevin Montgomery, and asked him about Harmony’s eye injury.
According to court documents, he said Adam told him in July 2019 that he [Adam] “beat her up [Harmony] around the house.”
Adam was reportedly mad at Harmony for making her watch her little brother, but he started crying.
The uncle also said Adam beat up his daughter, forced her to stand in the corner for hours and ordered her to scrub a toilet with her toothbrush.
Harmony was last seen alive in October 2019; but no one reported her missing as of December 2021 after a series of alleged errors.
According to records from the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, Harmony was torn between her mother’s care and DCF for most of her young life.
Police narrowed the time of her disappearance to November 28 to December 10, 2019, but the months-long search has been frustrating.
At the time, police said they believed she had been murdered.
Manchester Police Department have set up this tips hotline which can be phoned or texted and is staffed 24 hours a day: 603-203-6060.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6190307/kayla-montgomery-arrested-again-harmony-missing-child/ Shocking new details emerge in the search for missing Harmony Montgomery as 7-year-old’s stepmother was arrested AGAIN in New Hampshire