MANCHESTER, N.H. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Adam Montgomery, the father of Manchester child Harmony Montgomery, has been indicted by a New Hampshire grand jury on second-degree murder charges. The indictment was handed down last week, but was publicized by New Hampshire officials on Thursday.
Montgomery is accused of killing his daughter Harmony Montgomery, the missing young girl who was the focus of an extensive search effort by state and federal officials.
The indictment says a grand jury found there was enough evidence to charge Montgomery with punching the child to death. Harmony was first reported missing in December of 2021, and was declared dead by officials in August 2022. Adam Montgomery was charged with her murder this past fall.
Montgomery was also indicted on charges of falsifying physical evidence, and witness tampering for allegedly pressuring Harmony's step-mother Kayla Montgomery to lie under oath.
A 2022 report from the Massachusetts Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) detailed several failures in the childcare and court system in the case, including giving Adam Montgomery custody of Harmony despite only ever spending 40 hours with her in total.
The second-degree murder charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.