Man Killed Stepson, 7, Hillsborough Deputies Say
He punched the child in the face, mouth and stomach with a closed fist, threw the 7 year old around the room and shoved his face into the carpet, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – A Tampa man has been accused of killing his 7-year-old stepson, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.
Brice Russell, 7, died Saturday (Dec. 30) of homicidal violence, according to the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Jack Junior Montgomery, 31, of Tampa, was charged with one count of murder in the first degree – felony murder and aggravated child abuse. He is also charged with two counts of child abuse, according to Hillsborough County jail records. Deputies said an investigation found that Montgomery had punched the child in the face, mouth and stomach with a closed fist, thrown the boy around the hotel room and shoved his face into the carpet.
Deputies said Montgomery called 911 about 10:50 a.m. Saturday to report that his 7-year-old stepson would not wake up and was not breathing. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue went to Room 205 at the Masters Inn, 6010 State Road 579 in Seffner, where they found Brice lying on a bed. Firefighters pronounced the child dead at 10:59 a.m.
Montgomery was left in charge of Brice and his three siblings while their mother, Donya Shenita Russell, 28, worked through the night. Deputies said the children reported being awakened to Brice’s crying, being hit and thrown around the room.
Montgomery threatened the same violence against the other children if they did not join in with him and strike their brother. Under imminent fear of being hurt by Montgomery, one child did strike Brice.
Ultimately, deputies said, the children saw Montgomery pick Brice up by the leg and throw him against a shelf along the wall. The children told deputies they saw blood coming from Brice’s nose and mouth and that their brother never woke up after that.
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