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Third person charged after 3-year-old was beaten to death because he ‘wouldn’t eat his breakfast’

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A third person has been charged in connection with the beating of a 3-year-old Pennsylvania boy that led to his death.

Scotty McMillan

Scotty McMillan

A mother and her boyfriend are charged with brutally murdering her 3-year-old son.

The mother told police the beating began when the boy would not eat his breakfast.

Gary Fellenbaum and Jillian Tait were arrested on Thursday.

Amber Fellenbaum, Gary Fellenbaum's wife and a witness to the beatings, has also been arrested. She is charged with child endangerment for not calling police.

Gary Fellenbaum and Jillian Tait

Gary Fellenbaum and Jillian Tait

On Tuesday, authorities were called to the residence on a report of an unresponsive child. EMTs found 3-year-old Scott McMillan suffering from bruises, lacerations and puncture wounds all over his body, according to WPVI.

The three suspects told police the boy had been beaten with blunt and sharp objects, whipped, taped to a chair with electrical tape and beaten and hung up by his feet and beaten, leading to his death.

According to police, they beat the boy to death using homemade weapons like a whip, a curtain rod and an aluminum strip.

Amber Fellenbaum

Amber Fellenbaum

“Little Scotty McMillan is dead,” Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said. “Over a three day period … he was systematically tortured and beaten to death. He was punched in the face and in the stomach. He was scourged with a homemade whip. He was lashed with a metal rod. He was tied to a chair and beaten. He was tied upside down by his feet and beaten. His head was smashed through a wall.”

The district attorney says Gary Fellanbaum and Tait went car shopping, bought pizza and took a nap as the child lay dying after weeks of relentless torture.

Tait said Fellenbaum routinely beat her 6 and 3-year-old boys. On one occasion, she said he strung the boys up by their feet and beat them while she and Fellenbaum laughed.

The 6-year-old boy is now in the care of relatives.

Fellenbaum and Tait are both charged with murder.

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12 comments

  • Stacey

    This is just heart breaking. Those poor babies didn’t deserve the beatings. That poor baby didn’t deserve to die like that. I hope these ignorant pathetic excuses of human beings get what they deserve in prison. Hope they feel the same pain these two little boys did.

  • Parrish Duke

    the trailer is like the projects – all races face the same internal problems wake up – we are all the same – this is sad on too many levels, the boyfriend and mother have to be on Meth or something, to go car shopping, get pizza , nap etc.. while the boy is dying……WTF

  • Jayme Bales

    It’s really ignorant of you people to lump everyone who lives in a trailer park together. I have seen MANY trailers that are nicer than middle class homes. Just because someone lives in a trailer community doesn’t make them trashy or criminals. Nor are the majority of them like the projects. Educate yourself before lumping evil people like this with hard-working, kind folks.

  • Johnny Unaus

    Some people do not deserve children. I used to know a women and her husband. Found out he was a registered Sex Offender. How do you not look after children. I don’t understand how this can happen and no one does anything about it. But You find somebody growing weed in there home and you raid it shoot there dog and possible kill anybody that made a sudden movement. But these pieces of garbage and the Sex Offenders can roam free. its sickening.

  • Sickening

    How is it possible that not one, but THREE adult human beings partake in beating a small innocent child to death? How psychologically sick is that?! Did not even one of them have the slightest of thoughts that they were carrying “discipline” too far? A law needs to be passed that if convicted of such a henous and senseless crime as this, especially against helpless innocent children, immediate execution. No life sentence. No jail time whatsoever. Death!

  • terri

    …oh, PLEASE, PLEASE….hang these monsters from their OWN ankles….and beat them w/the EXACT same sharp and blunt objects they used on this poor boy…and don’t forget to tape their mouths shut w/duct tape first…..I don’t want to hear their whinin…