MANCHESTER, NH (AP) — The stepmother of a New Hampshire girl who disappeared in 2019 has been arrested for perjury, police say.
Kayla Montgomery, 31, was arrested at Manchester Police Department on Friday when she arrived for a daily check-in, WMUR-TV reported. The tapes are required as part of Montgomery’s bail conditions after he was arrested on charges unrelated to receiving stolen firearms.
Manchester Police Chief Allen Aldenberg said Montgomery was arrested on two counts of perjury for lying to a grand jury. Further details were not immediately released. She is expected to be arraigned on Monday.
Her stepdaughter, Harmony Montgomery, was last seen in 2019 aged 5, but authorities didn’t know she went missing until last year.
Aldenberg told WMUR-TV the arrest is “another step in the investigation into the fate of Harmony Montgomery.”
“We will continue to do everything in our power to resolve this matter,” Aldenberg said.
Kayla Montgomery has previously been charged with theft by deception after police say she falsely claimed her stepdaughter was living with her in order to collect welfare benefits. She pleaded not guilty and was released on bail last month.
Adam Montgomery, Harmony’s father, was charged with assault alleging he punched Harmony in the face in July 2019. He is also charged with unrelated gun theft and has pleaded not guilty.
The couple, described as estranged, told police Harmony was brought to her mother in Massachusetts around Thanksgiving 2019. Her mother said she last saw her daughter in a video phone conversation on Easter that year.
The police received hundreds of tips. They’re offering $150,000 for information that will lead them to Harmony.