Elizabeth City man arrested, charged with second degree murder and felony child abuse in death of baby

Published 8:17 am Sunday, December 18, 2022

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The Elizabeth City Police Department has reported that on December 13, 2022, detectives extradited Tommy Lee Montez, 23, of Elizabeth City, back from Henrico County, Va. Montez was processed for second degree murder and felony child abuse serious bodily injury at the magistrate office and transported to Albemarle District Jail with no bond. His court appearance was set for December 15, 2022 at Pasquotank County District Court.

“On November 20, 2022, officers with the Elizabeth City Police Department were dispatched to a child death at Sentara Albemarle Hospital, Elizabeth City, North Carolina,” stated an ECPD press release. “The victim was identified as Julius Saucedo, three weeks of age, of the 800 Block of Greenleaf Street, Elizabeth City, North Carolina.”

According to the release, on December 6, 2022, officers with the Henrico County Police Department and Elizabeth City Police Department arrested Montez for the charges listed above. He was transported to Henrico County Jail West with no bond.

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ECPD reports this is an active, ongoing investigation and anyone with additional information pertaining to this incident is urged to contact the Elizabeth City Police Department at 252-335-4321 or the Crime Line at 252-335-5555. “All information received will remain anonymous and strictly confidential,” states ECPD.