New Hampshire authorities, just months after probing the heartbreaking disappearance and death of Elijah “Eli” Lewis, 5, of Merrimack, a young boy trapped in a dysfunctional family, incredibly find themselves in an eerily similar situation.
Another likely criminal example of child endangerment has law enforcement and the state’s child-welfare agency scrambling to find a 7-year-old girl who hasn’t been seen for more than two years.
Manchester Police have opened an investigation into the disappearance of Harmony Montgomery after the New Hampshire Division of Children, Youth and Families told authorities on Dec. 27 that staff could not find the girl.
According to an affidavit, police learned Harmony hadn’t been seen since October or November of 2019.
Authorities charged Harmony’s stepmother, Kayla Montgomery, 31, of Manchester, with two counts of theft by deception for taking $1,500 in welfare intended for Harmony between Nov. 30, 2019, and June 2, 2021, a time when she didn’t live with her, according to a criminal complaint.
Police also have charged the child’s father, Adam Montgomery, with giving Harmony a black eye in July 2019 and hiding her with the intent to conceal her from the New Hampshire Division of Children, Youth and Families, according to court documents.
He’s also charged with failing to have her in his physical custody since about November 2019, even though Massachusetts courts gave him legal responsibility for her, despite his lengthy criminal record.
Kayla Montgomery told investigators that Adam Montgomery said one morning in November or December 2019 that he was driving his daughter back to Crystal Sorey, the girl’s biological mother, in Massachusetts, according to the affidavit.
Harmony wasn’t reported missing until Nov. 18, 2021, by Sorey, who said she hadn’t seen her daughter since about April 21, 2019.
What chance did this poor child have in these tragic circumstances?
We fear the unraveling of this mystery will confirm the worst possible outcome.