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Police: Man beat stepson to death for sneaking out of bed to get cookie

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Jack Junior Montgomery (Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office) Jack Junior Montgomery (Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office)

SEFFNER, Fla. (Meredith) -- A Florida man allegedly beat his stepson to death after finding the boy sneaking out of bed to get a cookie.

Afterwards, 31-year-old Jack Junior Montgomery forced the boy's siblings to sleep in the same bed with the dead body, according to Assistant State Attorney Matthew Smith.

Montgomery is now facing charges of aggravated child abuse and first-degree murder in the death of his stepson, 7-year-old Brice Russell.

On Saturday, Montgomery called 911 to report his stepson would not wake up, WFTS reports

Deputies arrived at a motel where the family had been staying and found the 7-year-old boy unresponsive. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, the boy and his three siblings were left in Montgomery's care while their mother was at work.

“While she was out working he chose to not only physically discipline this child himself, by not only repeatedly punching and throwing him on the ground but threatening bodily harm upon the two brothers if they did not partake and equally discipline him,” Smith told a judge in court.

The children told detectives they saw blood coming from his nose and mouth. They said their brother never woke up after the attack.

“As if that was not aggravated enough, Mr. Montgomery took the child, put him in bed and had his siblings sleep with him while Mr. Brice was dead that entire night,”  Smith said.

The Medical Examiner's Office determined the boy's death a result of homicidal violence.

Montgomery is currently being held at the Orient Road Jail. 


The story has been corrected to show Brice Russell is 7 years old, not 6 years old.

Information from WFTS and WFLA contributed to this report.  

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