Mass. Supreme Judicial Court Orders Review Of Harmony Montgomery Case

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – A judge has ordered a review of a high-profile missing child’s case from New Hampshire.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ordered a review in the case of Harmony Montgomery, the missing 7-year-old girl from Manchester who was last seen in 2019.

The Boston Globe reports SJC Chief Justice Kimberly S. Budd detailed the review last Friday to New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu in a letter. This came after Sununu criticized the judge who awarded custody of Harmony to her father, Adam Montgomery, in February 2019.

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In her letter, Budd said Judge Jeffrey A. Locke will review the case, but the scope of the review was not specified. Sununu also questioned why Montgomery was granted custody of Harmony before child welfare officials in New Hampshire could determine he was deemed appropriate to be her caretaker.

The Globe reports the judge who placed Harmony in the custody of her father, Mark Newman, retired in 2019. The Massachusetts judicial system has repeatedly declined to release details about the hearing because of privacy laws.

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