NH Gov. Sununu Criticizes Mass. Judge Over Harmony Montgomery Case Ruling

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu called out a Massachusetts judge over their handling of the Harmony Montgomery custody case.

In an appearance on NightSide with Dan Rea, the New Hampshire Governor called for more transparency and accused a Lawrence judge of mishandling the custody case of Montgomery. She has not been seen in over two years but was only reported missing in late December 2021.

Gov. Sununu wrote in a letter to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Kimberly Budd on Monday he was concerned about a 2019 custody decision that gave Harmony's father Adam Montgomery, who he described as a "monstrous drug dealer", sole custody before the New Hampshire Division of Children Youth and Families could conduct a study of his home.

In his NightSide appearance, Gov. Sununu called on Chief Justice Budd to unseal the records regarding the case. He said he wants to know why the judge gave full custody of Harmony to her father before a home check was completed.

"Enough of the behind closed doors stuff," Gov. Sununu said. "It's an important case. I'm angry, people are angry. We all want to know what happened here and to do that we all have to put our cards on the table."

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He said in custody cases like these that cross state lines, the two states will enter an "interstate compact", that would allow the New Hampshire DCYF and the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families to work together. Gov. Sununu said there wasn't a compact made for this case.

"There wasn't one here, it wasn't done and I don't know why," Gov. Sununu said. "It's a very rare, odd thing."

Gov. Sununu said he and Gov. Baker are both on the same page and want to see a resolution to the case.

"We still have a lot of hopes that we can find [Harmony] and bring her home safe and I think that Gov. Baker shares that concern and that urgency," Gov. Sununu said.

The search for Harmony Montgomery is still ongoing in New Hampshire. Manchester Police ask anyone with information to reach out to their dedicated tip line at 603-203-6060. The reward for information leading to Harmony is now at $137,000.

WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasNews) reports.

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