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Baker says he feels ‘a tremendous amount of pain’ about what happened to Harmony Montgomery

The governor responded to his New Hampshire counterpart's searing letter about the missing girl's case.

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Manchester police provided this photo of Harmony Montgomery.

Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday he felt New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu’s pain in the searing letter he wrote to the chief justice of Massachusett’s highest court about its handling of Harmony Montgomery’s custody case.

Harmony hasn’t been seen since 2019, when she was five years old. Late last year, Manchester police opened an investigation into her disappearance, asking for the public’s help with locating the girl who would now be 7 years old.

Sununu questioned how the court could grant custody of Harmony to her father Adam Montgomery, “a monstrous drug dealer with previous convictions including shooting someone in the head and a separate armed attack on two women in Massachusetts.”

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“I felt his pain in that letter. I did. And like everybody else, I feel a tremendous amount of pain associated with what happened to Harmony,” Baker said, according to The Boston Globe.

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Both states are investigating how they may have failed Harmony, through their respective child advocate offices, according to the paper.

“I think we should wait until the Office of the Child Advocate finishes their review,” Baker said.

In February 2019, a Massachusetts juvenile court judge granted custody of Harmony to her father, despite his lengthy criminal and substance abuse history.

Adam Montgomery was living in Manchester at the time with his wife Kayla and their three children.

Crystal Sorey, Harmony’s mother, said she last saw the girl in April 2019 around Easter via FaceTime. After that, she said she was never able to get in contact with the couple to her see her daughter and was blocked on social media.

Boston 25 News reported that Manchester police files show officers responded to Harmony’s last known home more than a dozen times between June and November 2019, with the majority of calls made for domestic violence, animal, and building complaints.

Kayla Montgomery said she last saw Harmony around Thanksgiving in 2019. She said Adam told her he was taking her to live with her mother. Kayla Montgomery was charged on suspicion of obtaining $1,500 in food stamps from December 2019 to June 2021 for Harmony Montgomery, even though the girl was not living with the couple. She pleaded not guilty.

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Adam Montgomery told police that he brought Harmony to her mother in November 2019 and doesn’t know where she is now. He was arrested on a second-degree assault charge earlier this month, as well as charges of interfering with custody and child endangerment. He also pleaded not guilty.

Sorey said she tried to find Harmony through schools and driving by locations where she might live, but wasn’t able to locate her. She contacted Manchester police in November 2021 about her concerns.

Police and the New Hampshire Division of Children, Youth and Families couldn’t locate Harmony and launched an investigation that December.

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