Harmony Montgomery’s stepmother had her bail revoked after failing to appear in court

On Tuesday, the bond of the stepmother of Harmony Montgomery, the missing and probably dead New Hampshire child, was revoked after she skipped a hearing last week on welfare fraud charges.

Kayla Montgomery was taken into custody in Manchester on Friday. The day before, she broke a condition of her release by not going to court.

She also confirmed after her detention that she had used prohibited substances that morning, as stated by the prosecution.

Montgomery, 32, has not been accused of Harmony’s abduction or murder, but she faces charges for allegedly cashing food stamps in the child’s name after she and Harmony’s father, Adam Montgomery, were no longer living together.

Harmony, who was 5 years old at the time of her disappearance, was likely killed in Manchester in early December 2019, authorities said in August, after months of searching.

Attorney General John M. Formella said that there was “biological evidence” that showed she had been killed, even though her body hasn’t been found yet.

Crystal Sorey, the mother of Harmony, lost custody to her husband, Adam Montgomery, in July 2018 owing to her drug addiction concerns. Sorey told authorities that when she video chatted with Harmony around Easter 2019, her daughter seemed “terrified.”

Adam Montgomery was arrested in early January and charged with felony second-degree assault for an incident that occurred in 2019, one misdemeanor charge of interference with custody, and two misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child, all in relation to Harmony’s disappearance. He was arrested again in April on gun charges.

According to arrest affidavits, Adam’s brother, Michael Montgomery, said that Adam was “physically abusive” to Harmony. Adam’s uncle, Kevin Montgomery, told police that he had seen Harmony with a black eye and that Adam had told him that he “bashed her around this house” when he caught her trying to stop her younger brother from crying while she was bathing him.

No one has yet been charged with the murder of Harmony.

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