MANCHESTER, NH – Kayla Montgomery, the stepmother of missing 7-year-old Harmony Montgomery, violated the bail order in her welfare fraud and firearms cases when she sent a message to the girl’s father, Adam Montgomery.
Harmony has been missing since 2019 when she was 5 years old, and so far, no one in her family is saying what happened to the girl. Both Kayla Montgomery and Adam Montgomery have been held on charges related to the investigation.
Adam Montgomery is charged in the gun case, and for charges of child endangerment, custody interference and second-degree assault for giving Harmony a black eye in 2019.
The pair were ordered to have no contact, but at Thursday’s bail hearing held in the Hillsborough Superior Court – North in Manchester, Assistant Attorney General Jesse O’Neill told Judge Amy Messer that Kayla Montgomery told her father-in-law to pass a message on to Adam Montgomery.
“I still love him,” Kayla Montgomery said in a recorded jailhouse call.
O’Neill said since she could be called as a witness in the case, her affirmation of their relationship is significant, and that is one of the reasons the court had originally ordered no contact.
“This defendant and Adam Montgomery are potential witnesses in each other’s cases, they both potentially have information that they could be called on to testify,” O’Neill said.
Kayla Montgomery is currently being held on $5,000 bail, meaning she could be out if she posts $500 for a bond. Kayla hadn’t been released because she didn’t have the money to post bail. Paul Garrity, Kayla Montgomery’s attorney, argued that she ought to be freed on personal recognizance without paying any bond. Garrity said Kayla Montgomery is charged with crimes that rarely result in prison sentences.
“This is welfare fraud,” he said.
Messer did not issue a bail order on Thursday but took the matter under advisement. That leaves Kayla Montgomery jailed for the time being.
According to police, Kayla Montgomery told police that Harmony’s father, Adam Montgomery, 31, had taken her to live with her mother in Massachusetts around Thanksgiving that year. Adam and Kayla Montgomery, together with two common children and Harmony were evicted from 77 Gilford St. in Manchester on Nov. 27, 2019.
The abuse allegation against Adam Montgomery was investigated by a caseworker with the New Hampshire Division of Children, Youth and Families, who ruled it “unfounded.”
Multiple people have reported seeing Harmony with Adam and Kayla in the following days, however, by about Dec. 6 to 10, 2019, Adam and Kayla apparently had only their two common children, and Harmony was no longer with them.
Witnesses told police that during that time, Adam, Kayla, and the children were homeless and living out of cars, possibly in the North End of Manchester. One of the cars was a silver 2010 Chrysler Sebring, and the other was a dark blue 2006 Audi S4.
A recent report out of the Massachusetts Office of the Child Advocate found that Adam Montgomery was given custody of Harmony in 2019, despite numerous red flags. The report faults the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, as well as the Massachusetts family court system for failing to protect the child.
“The key and central finding in this investigation and report are that Harmony’s individual needs, wellbeing, and safety were not prioritized or considered on an equal footing with the assertion of her parents’ rights to care for her in any aspect of the decision making by any state entity,” the report states.
Harmony’s birth mother, Crystal Sorey, reported to authorities in late 2021 that her child had not been seen in more than two years.
The reward for the location of Harmony is now at $150,000 Anyone with information about Harmony should call or text the dedicated tip line, monitored 24/7, at 603-203-6060.