Chillicothe man charged with sex crimes against 9-year-old, woman charged with neglecting same child

Chillicothe News

A Chillicothe man has been charged with multiple sex crimes against a 9-year-old and woman, also from Chillicothe has been charged with abuse or neglect and endangering the welfare of her child. 

Eric Wayne Suddith and  Amber Dawn Montgomery both face multiple charges following a well-being check in February on a female juvenile who law enforcement reports said sent text messages to her grandmother saying she did not feel safe.

Suddith, 38,  has been charged with sodomy or first degree attempted sodomy and enticement or attempted enticement of a child;  two counts each of statutory sodomy or attempted statutory sodomy—deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 12 years of age; second-degree child molestation with a child less than 12 years of age; and abuse or neglect of a child—no sexual contact. He also faces two counts of fourth-degree misdemeanor assault.

Montgomery, 35,  has been charged with two counts each of felony abuse or neglect of a child—no sexual contact and felony endangering the welfare of a child creating substantial risk—first degree-first offense—no sexual contact.

Probable cause statements from Chillicothe Police Officer Jacob Baucom said Montgomery’s 9-year-old daughter told her grandmother that Suddith was at Montgomery’s residence, even though he was not allowed to be because of a judge’s order resulting from a court case involving an older daughter of Montgomery.

The nine-year-old reportedly told a North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center forensic interviewer that Suddith made inappropriate comments to her and inappropriately touched her. According to the probable cause statement, the girl said Montgomery (her mother) would sometimes spank and slap her and one time pushed the girl into a bathtub and slapped her in the face and head, leaving marks on the girl’s face, neck and waist.

Baucom noted Suddith and Montgomery continued to show disregard for court orders set in place for a victim’s safety and well-being, and Suddith continuously violated the victim. He was arrested by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office in July 2019 for enticing or attempting to entice a child, abuse or neglect of a child, harassment, and fourth-degree assault. Montgomery was arrested by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office in October 2019 for abuse or neglect of a child and endangering the welfare of a child.

There has been no court date set for Suddith. Montgomery is set to appear before Judge William Devoy at 3 p.m., on March 22 for her initial appearance.