SHOCKING bodycam footage captured Harmony Montgomery’s dad finishing a bag of Doritos and smoking a cigarette – just days after his little girl was reported missing.
Adam Montgomery, who is accused of killing his daughter and hiding her body, can be heard slamming cops’ “overboard” response during a December 31, 2021 interaction, which was captured on police bodycams and exclusively obtained by The U.S. Sun.
The interaction took place just days after his daughter Harmony, who would’ve been seven at the time, was reported missing to Manchester, New Hampshire police after not being seen since October 2019.
The U.S. Sun obtained bodycam tapes from several responding officers showing multiple angles of the interaction.
At one point, Montgomery could be seen being cuffed by cops while police searched through his pockets and held onto his arm.
Officers explained he wasn’t being arrested at this time and that the cuffs were for their protection, while Montgomery appeared to remain calm and smoked his cigarette.
After their search, the cuffs were removed and they told him “detectives were coming to talk to him.”
Montgomery told officers: “Isn’t this overboard to have all the police for one person? I was walking.”
During the interaction, police took his phone but Montgomery claimed it wasn’t his, insisting it was “his friend’s.”
Toward the end of the footage, Montgomery is seen being pulled aside by one of the detectives and out of range to hear what was being said.
The detective then gave him a packet of papers and he nodded his head before the footage ended.
Four days later – on January 4, 2022 – Montgomery was arrested and charged with felony second-degree assault stemming from an alleged 2019 incident involving Harmony, among other charges.
At the time of the bodycam footage, cops believed Harmony was still alive and carried out the search as a “rescue” mission rather than a recovery mission.
Law enforcement – particularly the Manchester Police Department – worked around the clock to find Harmony.
The U.S. Sun obtained footage and court documents about Montgomery’s January 4, 2022, police interrogation, where detectives asked him about “marks” and “injuries” that she allegedly sustained while in her care.
After Montgomery asked why he was being charged with second-degree assault, the detective said: “Well, your daughter had some injuries that you know about when you lived in Gilford Street,” according to court documents.
During the tense exchange, Montgomery replied: “No, I do not. What are you referring to?”
When Montgomery asked was the detective was referencing, he explained that he was “referring to her [Harmony] having some good marks.”
When Montgomery again demanded to know what cops were referring to, the detective responded: “Marks that were left on her by you.”
“Absolutely not. I have nothing else to you,” Harmony’s dad stated.
Adam allegedly beat Harmony – who was five at the time – to death “with a closed fist,” and “purposely altered, destroyed, concealed or removed” the little girl’s body and hid it, according to the charges.
Adam, who was still in jail from his early January 2022 arrest, waived arraignment on Tuesday and is being held without bail.
On Monday, state prosecutors announced Harmony’s father was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, falsifying physical evidence, abuse of a corpse, and witness tampering.
His estranged wife Kayla Montgomery told police during a June 3 interview that Adam beat his daughter to death in December 2019, according to court documents obtained by The U.S. Sun.
He then told her to lie about what happened, according to court documents reviewed by The U.S. Sun.
Kayla said Adam “encouraged her on multiple occasions to lie to police about Harmony’s whereabouts, basically using Kayla as a ‘cover story.'”
He told her “that as long as she stuck to the cover story everything would be OK,” the court documents say.
ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE
At the time of the January 4 interrogation, which Adam’s defense team tried to suppress, he was facing charges of child abuse, interference with custody, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Adam’s brother, Michael, told police the 31-year-old was physically abusive to Harmony and gave her a black eye.
A detective then spoke to Adam’s Uncle Kevin and asked him about Harmony’s eye injury.
According to court documents, Kevin said that Adam told him in July 2019 that he, Adam, “bashed her [Harmony] around the house.”
Adam was allegedly angry at Harmony – who was five years old at the time – because she was supposed to be watching her infant brother but he started crying, which enraged the father.
The uncle also said Adam spanked his daughter, forced her to stand in the corner for hours, and ordered her to scrub a toilet with her toothbrush.
Harmony was last seen alive in October 2019. However, police were not aware of her disappearance until after Christmas 2021.
According to records by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, Harmony bounced between her mother’s care and DCF for much of her young life.
The young girl was placed in her father’s custody in 2019 when she was roughly five years old.
Harmony was living in squatter-like conditions at a messy home where neighbors reported multiple fights and possible child abuse, according to police reports obtained by The U.S. Sun through open records requests.
Officers responded to the home at least 16 times between January 2019 and January 2020, according to the police reports.
There were verbal bouts between Adam and Kayla, fights between Adam and Harmony’s uncle, “messy” home conditions, and concerns of child and animal abuse, the police reports said.
“Neighbor concerned about a young child living at this address. Said she thinks the parents are squatting there and have no electricity, just a small generator. And there is trash everywhere. She is concerned for the child and asked that we check the condition.”
That report was from August 5, 2019. Police and New Hampshire Department for Children, Youth, and Families, which Harmony’s biological mother ripped for not protecting her daughter, responded.