Man Accused of Beating Stepson to Death, and Forcing Siblings to Sleep Next to His Body

Jack Junior Montgomery

*My god. Is there any limit to the depth of evil that a human being will sink to? This may be your knee-jerk reaction as you read about Jack Junior Montgomery, 31, of Tampa, Florida, who prosecutors say beat his stepson to death for sneaking out of bed to get a cookie — and then forced the boy’s brothers to sleep next to his body all night. 

Montgomery was arraigned Monday and held on bond for the murder of 7-year-old Brice Russell, WFLA reports.

Brice’s mother, Donya Shenita Russell, had left him in Montgomery’s care — along with three of his siblings — while she worked a double shift Friday night. The family reportedly was staying at a local hotel.

“While she was out working, (Montgomery) 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,” Assistant State Attorney Matthew Smith charged in court.

Montgomery actually called 911 around 10:50 a.m. to report that his stepson was unable to wake up and was not breathing. The boy reportedly was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to a report in the New York Post, Brice’s brothers told detectives that their stepdad repeatedly punched the boy in the face, mouth and stomach with a closed fist before hurling him into the wall. They also said he threatened to do the same to them if they didn’t participate in the beat down.

“Push the kid over here,” a hotel employee reported hearing, according to the arrest affidavit.

“Beat the kid!”

WFLA reports that Montgomery has a history of domestic violence and battery.

He could face the death penalty if convicted.

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