A Pennsylvania monster and his fiancée fatally starved his 12-year-old son, who was stored locked away in a feces-covered room for years, prosecutors allege.
Scott Schollenberger Jr., 42, and Kimberly Maurer, 35, are charged with murder and youngster endangerment in the loss of life of Maxwell Schollenberger, whose bare, emaciated physique was found on Might 26 contained in the couple’s Anneville residence, PennLive.com stories.
“This tiny 12-year-old boy by no means knew the unconditional love from a household,” Lebanon County District Legal professional Pier Hess Graf advised reporters at a press convention Monday. “Max Schollenberger existed. I can’t name this residing. He existed in a state of perpetual struggling.”
Graf stated the abuse lasted years on the household’s residence, the place Max was stored in an empty, darkened room with the doorways and home windows locked shut.
The boy by no means acquired medical care or went to highschool, Graf stated.
“By the point of his loss of life, he was in that room 24 hours a day, seven days every week,” the district lawyer stated.
The couple, who’ve three different younger kids who weren’t malnourished or abused, supplied medical care and education for them whereas telling Max’s siblings to “ignore him and to not discuss to him,” Graf stated.
An post-mortem found that the boy weighed simply 47.5 kilos, or roughly half the typical weight of a kid his age. His loss of life was attributed to blunt pressure head trauma complicating hunger/malnutrition, Graf stated.
Scott Schollenberger is the boy’s organic father, whereas Maurer acted as his mom for the previous decade. Each admitted to investigators that they used three steel hooks to lock Max inside his room, Graf stated.
“The utter despair that was Max Schollenberger’s life begs for justice for his loss of life,” the district lawyer stated in an announcement.
Graf stated she couldn’t focus on a motive in the boy’s abuse that led to his loss of life. The couple’s different kids at the moment are in the care of Lebanon County youngster welfare officers, PennLive.com stories.
These kids advised investigators they “hardly” noticed Max earlier than he died, based on the web site.
“A few of [Schollenberger’s and Maurer’s] household and associates additionally reported not seeing the sufferer in fairly a while and a few weren’t even conscious of his existence,” Lebanon County detectives wrote.
Each Schollenberger and Maurer stay held with out bail on the Lebanon County Correctional Facility. Prosecutors won’t search the loss of life penalty in opposition to the couple as a result of it’s not legally allowed beneath the circumstances of the case, PennLive.com stories.