A Florida man allegedly beat his seven-year-old stepson to death for sneaking out of his bed to eat a cookie Saturday and forced his other stepchildren to join in on the beating.
The 6’2, 270 pound Jack Montgomery was staying at the Seffner Hotel with his four stepchildren, when he allegedly grabbed the young Brice Russell and proceeded to strike him in the mouth and stomach, smash his face into the carpet, and “sling him by his leg” until his head hit a cabinet, The Miami Herald reports.
The blow from the cabinet proved fatal, and his three brother slept next to his corpse while they waited for help to arrive. Hillsborough Fire Rescue found Brice as he was beginning to suffer rigor mortis, according to The Herald.
The 31-year-old Montgomery was taken into custody and charged with Murder in the first degree. He is being held in Hillsborough County Jail and denies any wrongdoing.
The Herald cited the medical examiner’s reports by Hillsborough County assistant medical examiner Leszek Chrostowski, which said he had “observed multiple contusions on both left and right sides of the victim” and determined the injuries “consisted with the victim being picked up by his sides, facing away from the individual lifting him.” Chrostowski also found “subdural hemorrhaging and edema” indicating massive head trauma.
“These injuries require a greater amount force than those that would be sustained during a fist fight regardless of whether or not the assailant was a juvenile or adult,” Chrostowski’s report read. He ultimately deemed the case a homicide.
Montgomery has a criminal past, having been arrested for battery three separate times and convicted once, according to The Herald.
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