A Pennsylvania woman will spend the rest of her life behind bars after becoming the second person convicted of murdering her fiance’s 12-year-old son.
A Lebanese District jury was less than an hour to return a guilty verdict against 37 years old Kimberly Marie Maurer about many felonies involving gruesome lives and brutal deaths Maxwell Schollenberger, prosecutors said”exist in a state of eternal sufferingthe authorities confirmed with Law & Crime.
Maurer was convicted of seven counts, including first-degree murder and conspiracy. Under Pennsylvania law, both counts carry a mandatory sentence of life, the Lebanese District Attorney’s Office confirmed to Law & Crime. Her sentencing hearing is currently scheduled for June 1.
After the ruling, the Lebanese District Attorney Pier Hess Graf said that the evidence presented during the trial showed “what pure evil personified looks like” each the Lebanon Daily News.
“It shows that a child can be tortured, starved and punished in any way if it exists,” she said. “And those twelve stood up, looking [Maurer] faced today and did the right thing with that kid. “
Graf further reports that Maurer is “one of the most manipulative defendants I have ever seen, in that everyone she interacts with has to serve a purpose or that person must be attacked.”
child’s father, Scott Schollenberger43, last month pleaded guilty for a range of felonies, including murder, child endangerment and conspiracy. Referee Bradford Charles ordered Schollenberger to spend the rest of his life in state prison.
Equal previous report According to Law & Crime, Annville Town Police along with members of the Lebanon District Detectives’ Office on May 26, 2020 found Max’s emaciated body in a second-floor bedroom inside the house that he lived with Maurer and Schollenberger.
In describing the gruesome scene, prosecutors said that Max was completely naked and that the bed was “completely covered with feces.”
“Claw marks appeared on the child victim’s bed linen; Prosecutors said. “Police removed the bedding and located piles of moldy manure underneath the frame.”
Max’s room is said to be pitch-black despite the windows, because the visors were glued to the window frames and the doors were tightly closed, authorities said. The only furniture in the room was Max’s bed frame and horrible mattress. Meanwhile, the door leading to the outside has three metal hooks. According to police, Schollenberger and Maurer admitted that they used the hooks to trap the boy inside.
The couple never enrolled Max in school and hadn’t taken him to the doctor for over a decade.
An autopsy conducted by a medical examiner concluded that Max was severely malnourished. Weighing just 47.5 pounds and measuring just 50 inches tall, the child was also significantly undersized for his age. Ultimately, the child’s cause of death was determined to be a traumatic homicide, with starvation and malnutrition as complicating factors.
Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Edward McCann reportedly told Lebanese daily that Max’s death was “the worst child abuse case he’s been involved in in his 32 years as a prosecutor.”
“Her child was basically tortured and imprisoned [and] his existence was basically erased while he was still alive,” he said. “I have never seen a crime scene like this one.”
Maurer’s court-appointed attorney, Andrew J. Racedid not immediately respond to a request for an interview from Law & Crime.
In an interview with PennLive, Race was reported to say that he was disappointed with the swiftness of the jury’s verdict and believed his client had been manipulated by Schollenberger.
“He removed her license plate and tracked her location with GPS. He took her phone. According to the lawyer’s report, when someone has young children in that situation, it’s hard to leave. “Suggesting her to do this to Maxwell is confusing.”
Alberto Luperon contributed to this report.
[image via Lebanon County]
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