Three-Year-Old Boy Beaten and Tortured to Death for Not Eating His Breakfast

Three-Year-Old Boy Beaten and Tortured to Death for Not Eating His Breakfast

Children are significantly more likely to be abused if they live in a home with a male who is not their father — a stepfather, or the boyfriend of their mother, for example. Scott McMillan was a three-year-old who sadly became one of those statistics, after he was allegedly brutally tortured and beaten to death by his mother and her boyfriend.

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The boy’s 31-year-old mother, Jillian Tait, and her boyfriend, Gary Fellenbaum, 23, allegedly beat the child inside their trailer home after the boy wouldn’t eat his breakfast.

“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 and at the end of that he had bruises on top of bruises all over his body,” Hogan said.

“Our nurses see a lot of terrible things, but when they saw his body, they wept,” Hogan said. The couple also reportedly abused McMillan’s older brother, 6-year-old Scott McMillian.

After the beating, Tait and Fellenbaum reportedly left the boy on an inflatable mattress, went to pick up a pizza, came back and had sex, then later found the child unresponsive.

Tait discovered that McMillan was unresponsive after she woke up from a nap Tuesday evening, according to NBC 10. She screamed for someone to call 911.

Amber Fellenbaum — Gary’s estranged wife who lives still lives with him and Tait — made the call. Fellenbaum told police about the beatings and has since been charged with child endangerment for allowing it to continue and not alerting authorities, ABC 6 reported.

Tait and her two sons had recently moved into a trailer with Fellenbaum in West Caln Township, NBC 10 reported. The couple met at Walmart, where they both worked.

The violence apparently began when Fellenbaum felt “disrespected” by the older child, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

What happened to this child is barbaric, but even worse is that his mother not only did nothing to protect him — she participated in his murder, and then ate pizza and had sex afterwards. One can only hope that the inmates they’ll encounter in jail dole out the prison justice that child abusers so notoriously receive.

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