A Tampa man is in jail today after Hillsborough County authorities say he is responsible for the death of his 6-year-old stepson.
Hillsborough Fire Rescue responded to a 9-1-1 call to a Seffner hotel in the mid-morning hours of December 30 placed by Jack Junior “Yellow” Montgomery, seeking emergency aid for his stepson Brice Russell. Reportedly not conscious or breathing, emergency personnel were unable to aid Russell, and he expired at the scene.
Investigators say the child had been a target of abuse that night after their mother left and his brothers alone with Montgomery. They say he struck Russell with a closed fist and tossed him about the room in the presence of his three siblings. Bleeding from the mouth and nose, authorities say he then attempted to compel the siblings to assault Russell lest they find themselves victims of similar treatment. One sibling allegedly complied by striking Russell twice.
An arrest warrant for Montgomery was issued after the Medical Examiner’s office determined that Russell perished due to homicidal violence. He was apprehended on New Year’s Eve and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on one count of first-degree murder, one count of aggravated child abuse, and two counts of child abuse. He is currently being held in custody in lieu of a $870,000 bond.
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