Harmony Montgomery’s murdered stepmother pleads guilty to perjury

The stepmother of a New Hampshire girl who disappeared in 2019 aged five and is presumed dead has been jailed for at least a year and a half for perjury.

Kayla Montgomery, 32, pleaded guilty to two counts alleging that she lied to a grand jury about her job at a donut shop on Nov. 30, 2019, the day she said she saw Harmony Montgomery for the last time.

She also agreed to cooperate with prosecutors who charged her estranged husband, Adam Montgomery, with second-degree murder in the child’s death.

In exchange, prosecutors dropped charges that Montgomery lied to state health officials about custody of the child in order to collect welfare benefits and that she received stolen firearms.

She did not speak during her hearing in Hillsborough County Superior Court except to indicate that she understood the details of the plea agreement.

Montgomery was sentenced to three and a half to seven years in prison, with a year and a half suspended and credited for time already served.

Kayla Montgomery, 32, pleaded guilty to two counts alleging that she lied to a grand jury about her job at a donut shop on November 30, 2019

Harmony Montgomery was just five years old when she mysteriously vanished in late 2019 – cops weren’t notified of the girl’s disappearance until last fall

Adam Montgomery has been charged with the murder of his daughter - almost three years after she disappeared

Adam Montgomery has been charged with the murder of his daughter - almost three years after she disappeared

Adam Montgomery has been charged with the murder of his daughter – almost three years after she disappeared

She also agreed to cooperate with prosecutors who charged her estranged husband, Adam Montgomery, with second-degree murder in the child's death.

She also agreed to cooperate with prosecutors who charged her estranged husband, Adam Montgomery, with second-degree murder in the child's death.

She also agreed to cooperate with prosecutors who charged her estranged husband, Adam Montgomery, with second-degree murder in the child’s death.

Authorities didn’t know Harmony was missing until last November.

In August, police announced they believed she had been killed in Manchester in early December 2019.

Mr Montgomery was charged in October with killing Harmony, then five, by repeatedly punching the disabled girl in the head, authorities say.

He pleaded not guilty to second degree murder, tampering with physical evidence and misuse of a corpse.

Court records show it was Mr Montgomery’s wife Kayla who ultimately told authorities he had killed her daughter and then urged her to lie to investigators about the girl’s fate.

Mr Montgomery also faces charges of “altering, destroying, concealing or removing” his daughter’s body between December 7, 2019 and March 4, 2020, and witness tampering.

A search for Harmony was launched in November 2021, after her birth mother, Crystal Renee Sorey, reported her missing to Manchester Police.

In exchange, prosecutors dropped charges that Montgomery lied to state health officials about custody of the child in order to collect welfare benefits.

In exchange, prosecutors dropped charges that Montgomery lied to state health officials about custody of the child in order to collect welfare benefits.

In exchange, prosecutors dropped charges that Montgomery lied to state health officials about custody of the child in order to collect welfare benefits.

She was sentenced to 3 and a half to seven years in prison, with a year and a half of the minimum suspended and credited for the time already served

She was sentenced to 3 and a half to seven years in prison, with a year and a half of the minimum suspended and credited for the time already served

She was sentenced to 3 and a half to seven years in prison, with a year and a half of the minimum suspended and credited for the time already served

Video shows Adam Montgomery being questioned by police over the disappearance of his daughter Harmony Montgomery months before he was charged with her murder

Video shows Adam Montgomery being questioned by police over the disappearance of his daughter Harmony Montgomery months before he was charged with her murder

Video shows Adam Montgomery being questioned by police over the disappearance of his daughter Harmony Montgomery months before he was charged with her murder

Mr Montgomery had previously been awarded custody of the child by a Massachusetts juvenile court judge, despite a long and violent criminal history, including a conviction for shooting a man in the head while smuggling drugs in Haverhill.

Last month, New Hampshire police released video of an interview with Mr Montgomery after he was first arrested in December 2021 for assault, interfering with police custody and endangering the welfare of his daughter .

While being questioned, the alleged chain of child killers smoked cigarettes and at one point accused the police of being irrelevant, then later pointed out that they were portraying him as a freak.

An FBI-led investigation subsequently ensued – and led cops to arrest Mr Montgomery in January 2022, on a second-degree assault charge involving his daughter before she disappeared.

He was charged with the murder of his daughter at the end of October – almost three years after she disappeared.

Harmony, who was blind in one eye, had lived with her father and his convicted wife Kayla in the weeks leading up to his disappearance.

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