Harmony Montgomery’s stepmother charged with perjury: report
The estranged wife of missing New Hampshire girl Harmony Montgomery’s father was arrested Friday for allegedly lying to a grand jury.
Kayla Montgomery has been charged with two counts of perjury, NBC 10 reported Saturday, adding to her list of charges surrounding, but not directly related to, the disappearance of 7-year-old Harmony, who turns 8 on Tuesday.
A spokesperson for the Manchester Police Department did not immediately return a request for comment from the Daily News Sunday.
It’s unclear what Montgomery is accused of lying about.
Montgomery was first arrested in January for welfare fraud for allegedly collecting more than $1,500 in food stamp benefits between December 2019 and June 2021, despite the fact that Harmony was no longer living with her and her husband, Adam Montgomery, Harmony’s father.
In April, she was arrested again and charged with two counts of receiving stolen property related to a theft of firearms. Prosecutors alleged that, between Sept. 29 and Oct. 22, Montgomery “received or retained” a rifle and a shotgun, knowing or believing that they were stolen. A week before her arrest, Adam Montgomery was charged for allegedly stealing a rifle and a shotgun in the same period.
As part of her bail conditions, she was required to check in with Manchester police daily, which is when she was arrested Friday, according to NBC 10. She was also required to begin substance abuse treatment.
Adam has also been charged with second-degree assault for a 2019 incident involving Harmony, one misdemeanor charge of interference with custody and two misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child. His relatives, including his uncle and brother, have accused him of being abusive to his young daughter.
Harmony’s mother, Crystal Sorey, lost custody in July 2018 due to her substance abuse issues and told Manchester police that she had last seen Harmony on video chat around Easter 2019, according to an arrest affidavit previously obtained by the Daily News. During that call, Harmony seemed “frightened,” her mother told police.