Harmony Montgomery’s junkie dad was awarded custody of the missing little girl despite shooting a man in the face just months before her birth, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.
Adam Montgomery’s partner Crystal Sorey was three months pregnant with Harmony when her brutal boyfriend blasted drug dealer Robert Jacobs in the chin and narrowly avoided killing him.
According to a January 2014 police report obtained by DailyMail.com, the ‘bullet traveled up the left side of his face and exited out his left temple.’
Miraculously, Jacobs survived and was able to identify 31-year-old Montgomery – street name Ace – from the distinctive Boston tattoo spanning his back that was exposed as the two men grappled.
Adam Montgomery, pictured right in his most recent booking photo, pleaded guilty to armed robbery, armed assault to murder and discharging an unlicensed firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling in 2014 – just months before his daughter Harmony was born
Police in Manchester, New Hampshire have been searching for seven-year-old Harmony Montgomery, who is blind in one eye, after learning she hasn’t been seen since 2019
Montgomery appeared in Haverhill District Court in Massachusetts charged with armed robbery, armed assault to murder and discharging an unlicensed firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling.
He pleaded guilty to the charges in September 2014 – just three months after Harmony was born – and was jailed for 18 months.
It was one of numerous charges the deadbeat dad has chalked up since his teens when he stabbed another boy in the leg and pushed him out of a moving car during a 2008 drug deal.
According to court records, that incident happened when Montgomery tried to pass off aspirin as Percocet. Montgomery, who has further convictions for burglary, assault and stalking, was jailed for 383 days.
Despite his repeated bouts of violence, the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families handed him custody of angelic Harmony, then aged five, in early 2019, according to records cited by Boston 25 News.
‘Custody of Harmony was returned to her father in February 2019. Once Harmony was returned to her father’s care/custody, her involvement with the Department ended as she does not live in Massachusetts,’ the records allegedly state.
Montgomery, who has chalked up a lengthy rap sheet over the years, was awarded custody of his daughter (pictured together) then aged five, in early 2019 after the girl’s mother fell into drug addiction
Montgomery, 31, who was arrested and charged with assault, interference with custody and endangering the welfare of a child on Wednesday, has been estranged from Harmony’s mom
Documents obtained by DailyMail.com reveal Montgomery shot drug dealer Robert Jacobs in the chin months before his daughter Harmony was born in 2014
Harmony, who is blind in one eye, has not been seen by any member of her family since late 2019. Her mom Crystal – long since estranged from Montgomery – says she last glimpsed her in an Easter 2019 FaceTime call.
Sorey explained that she lost custody of Harmony in July 2018 because she was a drug addict, and she said that Montgomery also had struggled with substance abuse problems.
She claims she has repeatedly tried to track her little girl down since then but in court filings obtained by DailyMail.com the Manchester Police Department said it was not contacted until November 18 last year.
Cops located Montgomery, who has a teardrop tattoo on his face — a gang symbol that supposedly shows the wearer has killed someone, even though there is no suggestion that he has — homeless and sleeping in a car in December.
He was found with his latest girlfriend but told cops Harmony was with Sorey, which was determined to be untrue.
He was finally arrested Tuesday on a felony assault charge after estranged members of his own family told the investigating officers they had spotted Harmony with a black eye back in July 2019.
‘I bashed her around the house,’ he is alleged to have told his uncle Adam Montgomery, according to filings.
In a further twist Wednesday night his estranged wife Kayla Montgomery, who has three kids with him but is not Harmony’s mom, was arrested for claiming $1,500 worth of food stamps in Harmony’s name from December 2019 to June 2021.
The victim survived and was able to identify 31-year-old Montgomery – street name Ace – from the distinctive Boston tattoo spanning his back
Montgomery was jailed for 383 days after pleading guilty to charges including armed robbery, armed assault to murder in 2014
The incident happened when Montgomery, who has further convictions for burglary, assault and stalking, tried to pass off aspirin as Percocet
Kayla’s mother Christina Lubin later told DailyMail.com that her daughter knew nothing about Harmony’s disappearance.
She described her former son-in-law as ‘pure evil,’ however, and said she had passed on information about him to cops.
Montgomery’s 2014 conviction came after he arranged to meet Jacobs, 36, in the hallway of an apartment building to buy three grams of heroin.
Instead of paying for the drugs he pulled out a revolver and aimed it at Jacobs’s head. Jacobs responded by ‘swatting’ the barrel away but the gun went off as the two men fought.
Kayla Montgomery, 31 (left), was arrested and charged with felony welfare fraud for collecting food stamps in the name of her missing stepdaughter, Harmony Montgomery
Jacobs eventually wrestled the weapon from Montgomery and shot him in the arm as he fled.
Montgomery did not go to the hospital, however, and instead went home with Crystal’s brother Jay Sorey. Nicknamed Jay Blunt, he was also at the scene of the shooting, according to police reports.
When officers arrived at the property three-months pregnant Sorey ‘was found hiding in an abandoned shed at the rear of the property. The weather was arctic freezing temperatures,’ according to the complaint.
Montgomery told cops he was jumped by four to five people when he went to buy $280 worth of drugs but he was charged after multiple witnesses contradicted his account.
Manchester police set up a 24-hour tip line this week and offered cash rewards totaling $33,000 in an effort to find Harmony.
By late Thursday the reward money had swelled to $60,000 thanks to donations from the public.
Montgomery is currently being held in custody on a felony charge of second-degree assault, one misdemeanor charge of interference with custody, and two misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child.
An arrest affidavit obtained by DailyMail.com alleges that Montgomery, who has a history of criminal offenses in two states and drug abuse, punched Harmony in the face and gave her a black eye – just six months after New Hampshire’s child protective services handed him custody of his daughter.
Kayla Montgomery, 31, appeared in Hillsborough County Superior Court in New Hampshire for her arraignment on Thursday. She pleaded not guilty to one felony count of welfare fraud
This aerial photo shows police searching the backyard of a house in Gilford Street, Mancheste, on Sunday as part of an investigation into the disappearance of seven-year-old Harmony Montgomery
Crystal Sorey (right) had lost custody of Harmony in 2018 because of her drug addiction
Montgomery’s uncle quoted Adam as telling him of the beating: ‘I bashed her around this house,’ according to the filing.
He also would allegedly spank his daughter on her buttocks, force her to stand in a corner for hours and make her scrub the toilet with her own toothbrush.
Kevin Montgomery also told police that he reported the 2019 assault to the Department of Children of Children Youth and Their Families (DCYF), but it is unclear whether his complaint was ever investigated by the agency. The portion of the affidavit pertaining to that incident has been redacted.
Montgomery, who was pictured in his booking photo with a teardrop tattoo on his face, was scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday, but he waived his right to a hearing and was ordered held without bond.
According to the Superior Court Bail order, Montgomery has been placed in what is known in New Hampshire as preventive detention ‘based on clear and convincing evidence that the defendant’s release will endanger the safety of the defendant or of the public.’
The Manchester Police Department stated in a press release that despite Montgomery’s arrest, ‘the search for Harmony continues.’