31-year-old Florida man, Jack Junior Montgomery, was arrested and charged with killing his 6-year-old stepson, Brice Russell, by beating him to death.
The man was staying with the child and his two siblings in a motel room, while the child’s mother Donya Shenita was at work.
One of the employees of the motel called the authorities, reporting noise from one of the rooms. The caller told the police he heard a man yelling “beat the kid” and “push the kid over here.” Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office responded to the call and sent officers to check on the case at 1:00 a.m. When the man opened the door, he introduced himself as “Jack,” and told the police that he was staying together with his children. He then opened the door so that the officers could see the children sleeping on the bed. The officers left without a suspicion of a possible murder.
At 10:00 a.m. in the morning, Montgomery called the police and reported that his stepson was not breathing. The police arrived at the room to find the 6-year-old cold and announced the boy dead at 10:59 a.m.
According to the other two children that witnessed the beating, they woke up and found Brice crying. Meanwhile, the man was hitting and throwing the kid around. Montgomery also threatened the children and urged them to join him in the beating. One of the children did strike the victim out of fear. The children went on describing how the man picked up their sibling by the leg and threw him onto the wall shelf. They saw blood coming out of his nose and mouth.
Montgomery had caught the 6-year-old trying to sneak out of bed and get a cookie. After the beating, he threw the kid on the bed, where he never woke up.
The man was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.