Molte persone si chiedono come questo sia possibile?
Le agenzie che si prendono cura dei bambini a rischio sono sommerse, e le loro risorse si sono esaurite, dicono gli esperti. E COVID-19 has a double impact on kids in foster care with school shutdowns and social distancing.
Adam Montgomery, whose criminal history of violence included pleading guilty to shooting a man in a drug-fueled robbery in 2014, nevertheless secured sole custody of his daughter Harmony on Feb. 22, 2019, and moved her to New Hampshire. Sua madre, Crystal Sorey, had to surrender Harmony to the state of Massachusetts in the summer of 2018.
Tra luglio 1 e 22 di 2019, Montgomery allegedly punched the girl, chi era 5 at the time with visual impairments that included blindness in her right eye, in faccia.
At least two family members — Harmony’s stepmom Kayla Montgomery and her father’s uncle Kevin Montgomery — later told police they saw her with a black eye. Her own uncle, Michael Montgomery, said he heard about it. But none of them reported it to police until last week, when Manchester detectives started demanding answers.
Child welfare agencies in both states declined to comment, citing privacy concerns.
Numerous social workers and child advocacy organizations declined to comment for this story. Some said they feared retaliation. Others said there were ethical concerns about weighing in on a child welfare case without firsthand knowledge of its details. But others, speaking under the condition of anonymity, questioned why a special needs child like Harmony, who is blind in one eye, was not enrolled in school or assigned a dedicated caseworker while her stepmother was collecting food stamps in her name.
Police took action after Harmony’s noncustodial biological mother, Sorey, officially reported the girl missing Nov. 18 2021, telling them Adam Montgomery had been ignoring her for more than two years as she tried contacting him and her daughter to arrange a reunion between Harmony and her younger brother after the boy had been adopted.
Sorey also reported struggling with New Hampshire’s Division of Children, Youth and Families during that time, calling them regularly but unable to reach her daughter.