Stepfather Arrested for Murder of Stepson

TAMPA, FL (970 WFLA) - A 31-year-old man faces first-degree murder charges in the beating death of his seven-year-old stepson.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says Jack Junior Montgomery savagely beat Brice Russell at the Masters Inn in Seffner last Friday. 

Detectives determined that Montgomery pummeled the child; punching him in the face, mouth and stomach with a closed fist, and throwing him around the room.

Montgomery called police Saturday to report that Russell wasn't breathing and would not wake up.

One of the Brice's three siblings, who were in the room during the beating, told police that Montgomery grabbed Russell by the leg and threw him into a shelf against a wall of the motel room. 

The children told detectives they saw blood coming from Brice's nose and mouth and that their brother never woke up after that. They said they were also threatened by Montgomery if they did not help him beat the child. 

Montgomery had been asked to care for the four children as their mother was working. 

Montgomery is currently being held in the Orient Jail without bond.

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