Harmony Montgomery is a 7-year-old girl whom disappeared two years ago in 2019. Her disappearance was only made known to the police last week when she was reported missing.
The father of missing New Hampshire girl Harmony Montgomery was arrested on Tuesday night two years after the girl’s mysterious disappearance.
Harmony, then 5, was last seen in October 2019 when family services and police responded to her home. Authorities have now launched a nationwide search for the little girl.
Adam Montgomery, 31, the father of Harmony Montgomery, was taken into custody on Tuesday on multiple counts.
He has been charged with felony second-degree assault in connection with 2019 conduct against his daughter, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office said in a statement.
He has also been charged with one misdemeanor charge of interference with custody, and two misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child pertaining to Harmony.
The arrest comes just days after new details emerged in the disturbing case.
In an interview with the The Daily Beast, Harmony’s great-uncle, Kevin Montgomery, said that the little girl “looked like a scared puppy” the last time he saw her in 2019. Kevin said that he had been at Harmony’s house during a family dispute that frightened the little girl.
After the dispute, Adam Montgomery blocked most of his family from any contact with the little girl. She has not been seen since.
On Dec. 31, 2021, authorities issued a “missing child” alert after learning of her disappearance. The Manchester police department has launched an investigation to find her. They have interviewed several members of Harmony’s families for information about what might have happened to her.
An arrest affidavit obtained by The Daily Beast outlines a range of disturbing allegations against Montgomery, including that he admitted to his uncle, Kevin, that he inflicted a black eye on Harmony in July 2019 just months after child protective services granted him custody.
“I bashed her around the house,” Montgomery allegedly told Kevin Montgomery, after stating he left Harmony “in charge of watching her infant brother while Adam was in the bathroom.”
Prosecutors allege the abuse was punishment after Harmony’s young brother “started crying” and Harmony was found “holding her hand over the child’s mouth to stop him from crying.”
Kevin Montgomery previously described witnessing the aftermath of abuse—including a black eye—to The Daily Beast. That abuse, he told investigators, included Harmony being spanked “hard on the butt,” her being forced “to stand in the corner for hours,” and being ordered “to scrub the toilet with her toothbrush.”
Police say that Harmony stands 4 feet tall and weighs 50 lbs. She is legally blind in her right eye, and wears eyeglasses.
Authorities say that the investigation is ongoing. Adam Montgomery will be arraigned on Wednesday morning. He has not yet entered a plea, and arrest records do not reflect an attorney authorized to speak on his behalf.
Anyone with any information about Harmony’s disappearance is asked to call the Manchester Police Department at (603) 668-8711 or the Manchester CrimeLine at (603) 624-4040.