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A relative of missing New Hampshire girl Harmony Montgomery says he tried to report incidents of child abuse to authorities for years before she disappeared in 2019.
Kevin Montgomery, who is the uncle of Harmony’s father Adam Montgomery, told Fox News Digital he had reported past acts of suspected child abuse to authorities, but they never acted to investigate the claims.
The New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth and Families declined to comment on the allegations.
Authorities say Harmony hasn't been seen since late 2019 but wasn’t reported missing until late last year by her mother Crystal Sorey.
Sorey—who lost custody of Harmony in 2018—told police Adam had cut off all contact with her since about April of 2019, when she last spoke to her daughter on FaceTime, according to an affidavit obtained by Oxygen.com.
Sorey told police in November she had been trying to find her daughter for some time, checking out old addresses where Adam had once lived and calling local schools.
Police launched an investigation to find Harmony in late December after authorities with the New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth and Families reported that they had also been unable to locate the young girl.
Kevin told police he hadn’t seen Adam or Harmony since late 2019, but had been concerned for the girl’s safety after past incidents of alleged abuse, authorities said.
According to the affidavit, Kevin said he had returned home from a trip in July of 2019 and noticed that Harmony had a black eye. When he asked Adam how she had gotten the injury, Adam allegedly told him the black eye had been punishment after Adam had asked Harmony to watch her baby brother while he went to the bathroom.
The baby began to cry while he was gone and he returned to find that Harmony, then just 5 years old, had put “her hand over the child’s mouth to stop him from crying,” court documents allege. Kevin said Adam told him that he had slapped Harmony, saying he had “bashed her around this house,” giving her the black eye, the affidavits state.
Kevin also reported seeing Harmony “being spanked hard on the butt” and “being forced to stand in the corner for hours.”
In another incident he alleged that Adam forced the young girl to clean a toilet with her toothbrush.
Adam’s brother, Michael Montgomery, had also “raised concern for (Harmony’s) welfare,” police said.
Adam was arrested last week on charges of second-degree assault, interference with custody and two charges of endangering the welfare of a child in connection with the allegations, according to a statement from police.
As the search for Harmony continues, new details are emerging about Adam’s lengthy criminal past.
In 2014, Adam was arrested for shooting a man in the face while trying to buy three grams of heroin outside the victim’s apartment, according to records obtained by Fox News.
Adam had allegedly claimed he wanted to buy the drugs, but then “pointed a gun at the victim’s head to rob the victim of heroin” as others, including Sorey and her brother Jason Sorey were also at the scene.
The victim in the case “swatted the gun away” and Adam allegedly shot him in the face. A scuffle ensued and Adam was also shot in the arm with the weapon, which was later found by police near the apartment. The victim was brought to a local hospital where he recovered from the injury.
Adam was later charged with armed robbery, armed assault, carrying a firearm without a license and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, The Eagle Tribune reports.
He initially told authorities he had gone to the area to spend “280 on the heroin” and was attacked by four or five people he found in the hallway. Although he said he didn’t remember exactly what happened he said he remembered being “hit and kicked” and didn’t realize he had also been shot until several hours later.
However, witnesses would tell police that Adam had a gun and it went off, shooting the victim as they struggled.
Adam later pleaded guilty to lesser charges and was sentenced to 18-months in prison, Fox News reports.
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