A Florida man has been charged with first-degree felony murder and three counts of aggravated child abuse after beating his stepson to death over a cookie. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
According to CBS News, the incident occurred on Dec. 30th in an extended stay hotel room in Seffner, Florida. it was reported that commotions were heard coming from the man’s room, but when officials arrived, the suspect claimed he was only listening to loud music.
Witness also claimed he heard Montgomery yelling at the kids and threatening to “beat the kid,” “push the kid over here” and “get his ass up.” However, when deputies came to the scene, Montgomery reportedly opened the door enough to show the children sleeping in a bed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Hours later, Montgomery called emergency officials to report that his 6-year-old stepson, Brice Russell, had not woken up. Officials returned to the extended stay and found the little boy dead. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
On further investigation, it was learned that the man had been abusing the children. The other children, who were present during the commotion, said they woke up to Montgomery punching Russell in the face, repeatedly.
Montgomery was also said to have picked the little boy up by the leg and tossed him across the room, just before he forced the other children to join him in beating the boy. The boy was reported to have slipped in and out of consciousness. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
However, according to CBS, Montgomery told police that he caught Russell sneaking out of bed to get a cookie. So, he threw him back into the bed that he shared with the other children. But, he said he did not mean to hurt the boy.
He will be charged to court soonest upon conclusion of investigations, the office of the sheriff stated.