CONCORD, N.H. (NEWSnet/AP) — A prosecutor said Wednesday a New Hampshire man accused of killing his 5-year-old daughter treated her like a thing he had broken and needed to throw away.

His lawyer said he is not guilty of her death, but had made terrible decisions to hide and move her body to keep his family together.

Jurors heard closing arguments before starting deliberation in the trial of Adam Montgomery on a second-degree murder charge in the case of his daughter, Harmony Montgomery.

Investigators believe Harmony was murdered in December 2019, although she wasn’t reported missing for nearly two years. Police learned the girl was missing in December 2021 and later said she was killed, although her body has not been found.

The jury deliberated for about two hours Wednesday before recessing for the day.

In closing arguments, defense attorney Caroline Smith said Montgomery moved the body and hid it because of “a very misguided belief" he had to do so "to keep his family from being ripped apart.”

Prosecutor Benjamin Agati told jurors that Montgomery was angry that his daughter was having “bathroom accidents” inside the car where they were living after evictions from their home. He said Montgomery punched her in the head until she died.

Adam Montgomery is serving a 30-year prison sentence for an unrelated gun conviction and has not attended trial. He has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.

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