Published: Wed, January 03, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Man accused of killing stepson could face death penalty

Man accused of killing stepson could face death penalty

The child's brothers told investigators that they were forced to watch as Montgomery hit him. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue who arrived at the scene noted that Brice was lying in the bed, was cold to the touch, and that rigor mortis had set in.

The step father told authorities he threw Brice onto the bed after he caught the boy sneaking out of bed to get a cookie. "And ultimately caused his brain to bleed", Assistant State Attorney Matthew Smith said. The children told detectives they saw blood coming from his nose and mouth and that their brother never woke up after that.

The family lived in hotel room at the Masters Inn in Seffner.

"As if that was not aggravated enough, Mr. Montgomery took the child, put him to bed and had his siblings sleep with him while Brice was dead that entire night", Smith said.

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Montgomery was caring for Brice and his siblings while their mother, Donya Shenita Russell, was at work, according to deputies. He was pronounced dead at the hotel room about 10 minutes after Montgomery called authorities.

But police responded to a second call to the same motel room at 10.50am after Montgomery called 911 and reported his stepson would not wake up.

According to prosecutors, Montgomery put Brice to sleep and had the other children lay with him, but officials believe the child was dead by that time.

Finally, the children said Montgomery picked up Brice by his leg and threw him against a shelf along the wall. The Sheriff's Department determined that Montgomery hit the child in his face, stomach, and mouth with a closed fist.

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An employee at the hotel said he called police after they heard loud shouting in a room where a man was yelling "beat the kid" and "push the kid over there", WTVT reported citing the affidavit.

On Saturday (30 December) around 1am, a Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputy conducted a welfare search and met with a man who identified himself as "Jack" who said the loud noise was his music and that he was in the room with "his children".

The Medical Examiner's Office determined the victim's death a result of homicidal violence.

He was arrested Sunday and was charged with aggravated child abuse and felony first-degree murder.

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Montgomery's past includes a conviction for battery and three other arrests for battery, one of which was for domestic violence battery. He said his children were sleeping and he even allegedly opened the door so that police could see the children sleeping together in a shared bed. He is now being being held on $870,000 bond.

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