Pennsylvania father pleads guilty to forcing 12-year-old son to die ‘A state of perpetual distress’

Pre-order photos via Scott Fremont Schollenberger Jr.

Scott Fremont Schollenberger Jr.

A 12-year-old boy lives in filth, with no light, almost no furniture, and even his father is only a father in name. Now the adult has pleaded guilty to keeping this child in a room, killing him by abuse. Scott Fremont Schollenberger Jr.43 years old, sentenced to life in prison without parole for submissiveness Maxwell Schollenberger12, for a brief, terrible existence, according to Lebanon Daily News.

Charges include murder, child endangerment and conspiracy. Scott Schollenberger has been scheduled for trial to begin March 14 in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. The case against father’s fiancée Kimberly Marie Maurer36 years old, continuing.

“Max Schollenberger existed – I wouldn’t call this a living man, and I never will – He exists in a state of perpetual misery.” Lebanese District Attorney Pier Hess Graf in press conference back in September 2020. “He exists in the most reprehensible, worst, worst human conditions.”

Police responded at home on May 26, 2020 to a report that young Schollenberger had died. Authorities found him naked.

“Both the bed and Max Schollenberger’s body were completely covered with feces,” prosecutors said. “Claw marks appeared on the child victim’s bed linen; indicates dents that make indentations on stained stool. Police removed the bedding and located piles of moldy manure underneath the frame. “

The 12-year-old boy’s room has no light and the only furniture is his bed. Although the room had windows and doors, the shades were glued to the window frames and the doors were tightly closed, authorities said. Meanwhile, the door leading to the outside has three metal hooks. Investigators say Maxwell and Maurer’s father, who has been intent and purposeful as the child’s mother for the past decade, admitted that they used the hooks to trap the boy inside. The couple did not send him to school and Maxwell had not received medical attention since he was 2 years old.

A medical examiner determined that Maxwell Schollenberger was starving and malnourished, underweight for his age weighing only 47.5 pounds when he died and standing only 50 inches. Doctors ruled that the 12-year-old boy died of severe trauma with starvation and malnutrition as complicating factors.

Kimberly Marie Maurer's reservation photo.

Kimberly Marie Maurer.

However, it’s not like Scott Schollenberger and Mauerer didn’t know how to parent, according to the prosecution’s account. They had children together and looked after them, authorities said.

“The defendants had biological children together; said the children lived in the same house as the victim,” authorities said. “These children are all healthy, well adjusted and cared for. When interviewed, other children in the home described the stench emanating from Max Schollenberger’s bedroom and how the defendants refused to let the victim out of his room. One child in particular remembered that Defendant would enter the victim’s room and Max Schollenberger would scream and cry. The child also recounted how the Defendant discussed the bruises on the victim’s body.

[Booking photo via Lebanon County District Attorney’s Office]

Is there a trick we should know? Pennsylvania father pleads guilty to forcing 12-year-old son to die ‘A state of perpetual distress’

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