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SCOTT MCMILLIAN - 3 yo (11/2014)/ Charged; Mother and BF; Jillian Tait and Gary Fellenbaum -

Post by mom_in_il on Fri Nov 07, 2014 12:15 am

3-year-old hung up by feet, ‘tortured and beaten to death’

POSTED 3:51 PM, NOVEMBER 6, 2014
BY SCOTT GUSTIN

WEST CALN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Police say a man and his girlfriend are charged with brutally murdering the woman’s 3-year-old son.



Gary Fellenbaum and Jillian Tait were arrested Thursday morning.

On Tuesday, authorities were called to their 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.

Fellenbaum, Tait and another witness confessed that 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.

Tait told police the beating began when the boy wouldn’t eat his breakfast.

“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.”

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 and Hogan said he will be seeking the death penalty.

Law enforcement veterans told WPVI that they had never seen a child abuse murder case like this one.

http://fox2now.com/2014/11/06/3-year-old-hung-up-by-feet-tortured-and-beaten-to-death/
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Post by twinkletoes on Sat Nov 08, 2014 6:58 pm

2 charged in death of boy hung by feet, beaten


November 6, 2014 - 6:34 PM




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This photo combo of undated images provided by the Chester County District Attorney's Office, in Pennsylvania, shows Gary Lee Fellenbaum, left, and Jillian Tait, who were charged Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, with murder in the death of Tait's 3-year-old son, Scott McMillan. (AP Photo/Chester County District Attorney's Office)

A Pennsylvania couple went car shopping, bought pizza and engaged in sexual activity as the woman's unresponsive 3-year-old son lay dying after weeks of escalating abuse that ended in three days of systematic torture, authorities said Thursday.

Jillian Tait, 31, and Gary Lee Fellenbaum, 23, were charged Thursday with murder in the death of Tait's son, Scott McMillan, and aggravated assault in the beating of his older brother.

They are accused of laughing as Scott was hung upside down and whipped, striking him repeatedly with a frying pan, and eventually beating him to death.
Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan called the case "an American horror story."

"It was an unspeakable act of depravity," he said.

The couple met working at Wal-Mart and last month moved in together, along with Fellenbaum's estranged wife and three children — Tait's 6- and 3-year-old sons and the Fellenbaums' 11-month-old daughter. The six lived in a mobile home park outside the city of Coatesville, about 35 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

The prosecutor said what started as spankings morphed into "concentrated, repeated, escalating abuse." Then, "over three days he was systematically tortured and beaten to death," Hogan said.

The three adults told authorities "that Scott McMillan had been punched and beaten with blunt and sharp objects, whipped, taped to a chair with electrical tape and beaten, hung up by his feet and beaten, and suffered other acts of violence," police said in affidavits released Thursday.

"During one incident," the affidavits say, "Gary hung Scott and (his older brother) up by their feet one at a time and beat the boys while they were hanging upside down. Jillian stated that she and Gary were laughing during the incident."

Hogan said the older brother apparently knew that if he struggled while being hung from the back of a door, it would only get worse. But his younger brother squirmed and struggled, he said.

"They thought that was funny," he said.

Fellenbaum's 21-year-old estranged wife, Amber Fellenbaum, was charged with child endangerment for allegedly failing to help the child. She ultimately called 911 Tuesday night, authorities said. By then, Scott had been unresponsive for hours and had been put in a shower for more than 30 minutes by his mother and her boyfriend, investigators said.

When the boy failed to awaken, they placed him on an uninflated air mattress and went shopping, authorities said. The couple returned with a pizza and, after eating, took a nap and engaged in sexual activity, according to Tait's statement to police. Tait said she then checked on Scott and yelled for someone to call 911 because he wasn't breathing.

Noting that investigators found no evidence that drugs or alcohol had been involved, Hogan said: "This is just evilness."

The prosecutor said late Thursday he had not yet been notified of the couple having obtained lawyers.

Gary Fellenbaum severely beat the boy for refusing to eat toast both Monday and Tuesday morning, authorities said. The "discipline" included throwing him against a wall, knocking him off a chair with a punch and then taping him to the chair to keep him upright for more beatings, police said.

Tait said Fellenbaum had thrown the boy against the wall so hard, it "caused a hole in the wall," according to the statement she gave police.

She told police that she took part in the abuse and saw the scars on her younger son, court documents said.

Police said her older son also showed signs of abuse.

"It is going to take us years to put him back together again physically and mentally," Hogan said.

There was no evidence the infant was harmed, authorities said. She and the 6-year-old were placed in the custody of relatives, the prosecutor said.

Tait and Fellenbaum were being held without bail after their arraignments Thursday. They are scheduled for a preliminary hearing Nov. 14.

Amber Fellenbaum was being held on $500,000 bail. No attorney was listed in court records.


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