Governor Baker Responds to Governor Sununu’s Letter Blaming Massachusetts Judge in Harmony Montgomery’s Disappearance

DAVID: GOOD EVENING. THIS CROSS-BORDER CUSTODY CASE STARTED WITH A JUDGE’S BLOCKED DECISION HERE AT LAWREN.CE AND IT HAS NOW TURNED INTO A POLITICAL HUNT FOR WHO IS TO BLAM. A HUNT THAT GOES ALL WHEAY TO THE SUMMIT OF TWO STES.TA >> I FELT HIS PAIN IN THIS LETTER. DAVID: GOVERNOR BAKEISR SPEAKING ABOUT A LETTER SENT BY NEW HAMPSHIRE GOVERNOR CHRIS SUNUUN TO MASSACHUSETTS COURT OFFICIALS ACCUSING A JUDGE OF GRANTING CUSDYTO FROM LITTLE HARMONY MONTGOMERY TO HIS FATHER ADAM MONTGOMERY DEITSPE KNOWING THE FATHER HAD A PAST VIOLENT. >> IT ALL STARTED WITH TT HAJUDGE. I DON’T KNOW WHO THE JUDGE WAS PUTTING THIS LITTLE GIRL INTO THE CUSTODY OF THIS MONSTER. THIS MAKES US ALL FURIOUS. DAD: HE SAYS HE WANTS TO SEE THE CHILDREN’S DEFENDER’S INQUIRY FIRST. >> THIS IS 100% AN INDEPENDENT REVIEW AND I WANT TO SEE THE RESULTS OF THIS REVIEW AS MUCH AS GOVERNOR SUNUNU DO. >> I DON’T THINK THIS IS THE APPROPRIATE ANSWER. DAVID: ELIZABETH BARTHOLET HARVARD CHILD PROTECTION EXPERT SSAY BAKER AND THE LEGISLATURE ALREADY KNOW ENOUGH TO CHANGE CURRENT STATE POLICY. WHAT SHE SAYS TOO OFTEN GIVES UNSUITED BIRTH PARENTS FOR THE BENEFIT OF DOU.BT HOWEVER, BARTHOLET SAYS WNE HAMPSHIRE SHARES THE BLAME FOR WHAT HAPPENED TO HARMONY BECAUSE OFFICIALS HAD ALSO HAD WARNINGS. >>NEW HAMPSHIRE ALSO ITS EDUCATION SYSTEM, FOR WHICH GOVERNOR SUNUNU IS RESPONSIBLE, SHOULD HAVE ENSURE HARMONY IN SCHOOL OR IF SHE WAS NOT IN SCHOOL, SOMEBODY KNEW WHAT IS HAPPENING. PAPA:VI TONIGHT, ADAM MONTGOMERY REMAINS CHARGED ON ASSAULT CHARGES BUT NOT CHARGES DIRECTLY RELATED TO HARMONY’S DISAPPEARANCE. IT REMAINS CLOSED AND NEW HAMPSHIRE AUTHORITIES CONTINUE TO HOPE FOR HARMONY’

Governor Baker Responds to Governor Sununu’s Letter Blaming Massachusetts Judge in Harmony Montgomery’s Disappearance

Governor Charlie Baker has weighed in on the outrage and questions surrounding the disappearance of Harmony Montgomery, 7, and New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu’s charges against a Massachusetts judge in the case. “I felt his pain in this letter,” Baker said in reference to a letter Sununu sent to Massachusetts court officials accusing a judge of granting custody of Harmony to his father Adam Montgomery despite his violent past. . “Why would a judge in Massachusetts put Harmony in the custody of this monster,” Sununu said Tuesday. Baker declined to criticize the judge or Massachusetts child welfare officials, saying he wanted first see the results of an investigation by the Massachusetts Office of the Child Advocate.” This is a 100% independent review. And I want to see the results of this review as much as Governor Sununu and all others,” Baker said. “I don’t think that’s the appropriate response,” said Harvard child protection expert Elizabeth Bartholet. Bartholet said Baker and the legislature already knows enough to change the current state policy, which she says too often gives unfit biological parents the benefit of the doubt. And New Hampshire too, its education system, for which Governor Sununu is ultimately responsible, should have been s sure Harmony was at school, or that s If she wasn’t in school, someone knew what was going on,” she said. Manchester Police Department said the reward for information to locate Harmony had increased to $144,000. Anyone with information is asked to call a dedicated hotline at 603-203-6060.

Governor Charlie Baker has weighed in on the outrage and questions surrounding the disappearance of Harmony Montgomery, 7, and New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu’s charges against a Massachusetts judge in the case.

“I felt his pain in this letter,” Baker said in reference to a letter Sununu sent to Massachusetts court officials accusing a judge of granting custody of Harmony to his father Adam Montgomery despite his violent past. .

“Why would a Massachusetts judge place Harmony in the custody of this monster,” Sununu said Tuesday.

Baker declined to criticize the judge or Massachusetts child welfare officials, saying he first wanted to see the results of an investigation by the Massachusetts Office of the Child Advocate.

“This is 100% an independent review. And I want to see the results of this review as much as Governor Sununu and everyone else does,” Baker said.

“I don’t think that’s the appropriate response,” said Harvard child protection expert Elizabeth Bartholet.

Bartholet said Baker and the legislature already know enough to change current state policy, which she says too often gives unfit birth parents the benefit of the doubt.

However, Bartholet said New Hampshire shares responsibility for what happened to Harmony, as officials there also received warnings.

“And New Hampshire too, its education system, which Governor Sununu is ultimately responsible for, should have made sure Harmony was in school, or that if she wasn’t in school , someone knew what was going on,” she said. .

Manchester Police Department said the reward for information to locate Harmony had increased to $144,000. Anyone with information is asked to call a dedicated hotline at 603-203-6060.

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