Adam Montgomery, 32, was charged with second-degree murder, abusing a corpse, falsifying evidence and tampering with witnesses in connection with the death of Harmony Montgomery, according to New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella.
“I ask that in memory of Harmony that we all make an effort to do something nice for a child today,” Manchester police chief Allen Aldenberg said at a press conference while holding back tears.
“I know of no one way to honor this innocent and defenseless child.”
Montgomery allegedly beat his daughter to death in Dec. 2019 when she was just 5 years old. Investigators then believe he concealed and disposed of her body in the following months.
In August, officials said that after “months of investigation” they determined that she was murdered in 2019. Adam Montgomery eventually stopped cooperating with investigators.
Police then spoke to many family members in an effort to find the girl’s body.
Adam’s uncle, Kevin Montgomery, told police that his nephew struck Harmony, causing her to suffer a black eye in the summer of 2019.
“I walked in the house, and Harmony had a black eye, like you see in a boxing match between two men,” Kevin Montgomery said, according to NBC Boston.
Adam Montgomery had initially been arrested and charged with assault in January. Additional investigation led to his recent arrest on murder and other charges.
The father is due to face the charges in Hillsborough County Superior Court Tuesday.