A father who allegedly beat his six-year-old stepson to death for getting out of bed to get a cookie has been charged with murder.
Jack Junior Montgomery, from Tampa, Florida, is said by police to have killed his stepson after flying into a violent rage over the late night snack.
The 31-year-old is also alleged to have made the boy’s three siblings lie in the same bed next to his body.
A guest in the Masters Inn Motel in Seffner, Florida, reportedly told the hotel manager that she heard yelling coming from Montgomery’s room shortly after midnight on 30 December.
The guest claimed they heard an adult male yelling “beat the kid” and “push the kid over here”.
ARREST: 31yo Jack Junior Montgomery charged with Aggravated Child Abuse – First Degree Felony Murder for the death of 7yo Brice Russell. Detectives determined that the victim was punched in the face, mouth and stomach before he was throw against objects in the room.
— HCSO (@HCSOSheriff) December 31, 2017
A deputy from Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office who investigated said that Montgomery claimed to have been listening to loud music and opened the door to show the children lying in bed.
However, later that day Montgomery apparently called the emergency services and told them that his stepson was not breathing and would not wake up.
The boy was found dead minutes later by paramedics, who said he was cold to the touch.
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Montgomery allegedly told police he caught the boy sneaking out of bed to get the cookie, admitting that he threw him back into the bed the boy was sharing with the other children – but did not meant to hurt him.
However, the other children in the room told officers that they witnessed Montgomery punching the boy repeatedly in the face and throwing him into a shelf before the boy lost consciousness.
Montgomery, who claimed the boy hit his head on the bed’s headboard, has been charged with first degree felony murder and three counts of aggravated child abuse.