Jack Junior Montgomery is now being held at a Florida county jail on $870,000 bond after telling investigators he repeatedly punched and kicked 7-year-old Brice Russell after he got out of bed to get a cookie, according to WFLA.
"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. while Brice was dead that entire night", Smith said.
Investigators say the child and his three siblings were in Montgomery's care while their mom, Donya Shenita Russell, 28, was at work.
Montgomery made his first appearance in court, Matthew Smith, a prosecutor with the state attorney's office, told the court that at one point Mr. Montgomery flung the boy like a "helicopter".
A Florida man is facing murder charges after police say he beat his step-son to death and then forced the boy's siblings to sleep next to the body.
It was the second time in less than 24 hours that deputies were called to Montgomery's hotel room, according to the Herald.
One of the other children, fearing Montgomery, did hit Brice. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue who arrived at the scene noted that Brice was lying in the bed, was cold to the touch, and that rigor mortis had set in. He was pronounced dead at 10:59 a.m. They said their brother never woke up after the attack. The siblings reportedly told investigators that Montgomery threatened to harm them if they didn't participate in punching Brice.
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Later that day, just before 11 a.m., a man who identified himself as Montgomery called 911 and said his 6-year-old stepson wouldn't wake up and was not breathing.
The children claimed they witnessed their stepfather grab Brice by the leg and hurl him into a shelf that was attached to a wall.
A medical examiner, however, determined that Brice suffered a number of injuries that "require a greater amount of force than those that would be sustained during a fist fight regardless of whether or not the assailant was a juvenile or adult", according to an arrest report obtained by the Miami Herald.
Detectives wrote that the children described Montgomery putting water on the boy's face and slapping it in an effort to awaken him.
Jack Junior Montgomery, 31, was being held on $870,000 bond after being charged with the brutal murder of Brice Russell.
The children told detectives they saw blood coming from his nose and mouth. He pushed the door open so the deputy could see children sleeping on the bed. He was now being held on $870,000 bond.