Man beat stepson to death for taking cookie without permission before forcing siblings to sleep with dead bodyBy William Martin 8:12 AM January 3, 2018
A man is facing the death penalty for the cruelty he carried out against his stepchildren.
31-year-old Jack Junior Montgomery of Florida has a long history of domestic violence and battery, according to court records.
Despite his history, the children’s mother, Donya Shenita Russell, allowed him to babysit her children while she was at work.
The couple lived at the Seffner Masters Inn with Russell’s three young sons.
Assistant State Attorney Matthew Smith said Russell was working a double shift at the time and left her husband in charge of her children.
The violence began when Montgomery put the children to sleep.
7-year-old Brice Russell came out of bed and took a cookie without permission.
Montgomery beat the boy in the face and stomach and he ordered the victim’s two brothers to do the same or they would be next.
Montgomery then picked up the boy and swung him around.
Brice hit a cabinet head first and died.
Montgomery then put the deceased boy in a bed and ordered his two brothers to sleep with him.
They were forced to sleep all night with their dead brother.
Montgomery was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. His bond was set at $870,000.