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

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WEST CALN TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- 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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31 comments

  • Kristi

    They need to die thats so sad they should die the same way those sick f… did to that poor lil boy or took out and shot in bk of the head i hate when people hurt or kill kids why not give them up why do sick f…. kill kids life in prison not shit they all need to die shot

  • Angela Eisen

    This is a serious issue with inbred swine. How could a married woman allow a mistress into her home good lord. That poor child NEVER had a chance RIP Little man your pain is over. I hope the 6 year old and 11 month old NEVER have to see either of these horrid people again. I hope the family member’s that took them in have ENOUGH smarts to keep them as far away from the children as possible. Maybe if the parents involved had an aspiration to RAISE the children instead of eating pizza, going to hang out at the local Walmart, and having sex, these children would and should have had a chance now 1’s dead, and 2 are traumatized GOOD PARENTING (NOT)

  • tired worker

    The death penalty is to good for the three of them, I think a fireant hill and honey would be a start, then before they die walking slowy over hot lava make it three days of hell for them, then excute and send them to hell.

  • Toni

    I’ve been sick over this and heartbroken for this little angel. I can’t stop crying about it. I have 3 little boys of my own and I just feel so horrible. That beautiful boy.

  • Loving mom

    This story is tragic and sickening! I have two boys and the thought of them even getting a deep scratch would break my heart because they would be in pain! These people are animals and should be euthanized as such! The way that little angel was beaten….. You can’t tell me others in the trailer park could not hear his cries and screams! That’s BS! Fuckin people need to wake the hell up and look out for these babies as they are helpless and can’t defend themselves from the monsters who are supposed to be the protectors! DCYF you need to WAKE the HELL UP and take babies away from their abusers the FIRST TIME! Not sure if DCYF was involved but there is a lack of response from them as well! There are so many people who would love those unwanted children. I think those babies would be better off with strangers rather than family members…. my opinion. RIP Lil Man 🌹

  • Above

    What piece’s of s*** . Fat boy’s gonna get it in the joint.
    This literaly makes my stomach sick ” I have kids”
    That little boy was put on this earth and then mistreated by the ones he looked up to the most?
    ROT IN H**!!!!!
    My prayers tonight will be that karma somehow comes around 2 fold….

  • ActaNonVerbaTX

    If yall ever get out of prison yall will be found and will beg to got to hell! But im sure yall will be handled in prison. Gary your scum. Jillian and Amber burn!!!!!

  • ActaNonVerbaTX

    I wish i had 90 seconds alone with you gary. Id push your face out of the back of your head then fold you in half. I have a 3 yr old!!! And he is my world. AHHHHHHHHHH IM SO PISSED!!!

  • ActaNonVerbaTX

    So wait! Was it 3 days of “systematically” torture or weeks of torture? You dumb fucks cant even get it straight! Doesnt matter a child was given back to God. God took him before his last breath. And you dumbshits in dumbsylvania cant even get yalls damn story straight! Send these fuckos to Texas along with the cops that cant think and we’ll handle em. God Bless you little Scott. You’re home now and God wont let you suffer anymore. Pain is what i feel for a child i never knew.

  • AJP

    This story made me absolutely sick. I can’t understand how anyone could allow this to happen, let alone take part in it. That his mother did this is beyond my comprehension. A mother is supposed to care for and protect her children with every ounce of her being. One needs a license to drive a car, own a dog, or go fishing, yet any piece of human trash can have a child. At least the little one’s brother is now out of that house of horrors. I truly hope that he is being well cared for by people who love him. Is there any way that we could send something to him and make certain that he is as well as can be expected? Does anyone know?

  • Person

    Thought about Scott McMillan a lot today. I’m not a kid-person, really, but if the clock could be turned back, I’d take him into my home and provide for him. And if he didn’t want to eat his cereal, we’d work it out. There are so many stories like this and I usually don’t take much notice. All he needed was a decent home. All his potential was snuffed out. There needs to be accountability from all parents. I know that would outrage the breeders, but this has got to stop. Your children are not your property. Once they are born, they have their own rights to exist and live in a safe environment. They cannot defend their rights, so society needs to step up and start doing it for them.

  • Robert

    Stop messing around make these people an example take them and do all the same things they did until the both die or bring them to Oklahoma and I got two bullets that don’t cost near what our lazy ass court system will cost no need for a trial no need to spend my hard earned tax money on feeding and sheltering them ass holes for 5 yrs or more until they get executed. Me and my family are praying for this little boys soul and his siblings God be with them. Remember people eye for an eye !

  • WendyR

    I wish a slow painful suffering for these 3. Vile beings!
    RIP innocent & precious Scott…… no one can ever harm you again. ‘hugs’

  • John swan

    JUST A COUPLE OF RETARDS….. HELLO I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHERE SCOTTY WILL BE LAYED TO REST TO BRING FLOWERS… THANKS … R.I.P. SCOTTY

  • Karli

    All three of these MONSTERS should be charged with his murder not just two of them. The wife knew what was going on and she could have saved this sweet beautiful baby! There is no punishment that law permits that is bad enough for these three. I don’t think the death penalty should be sought, simply because it would be too quick too easy, if you put them in prison there are plenty of people that will make sure they endure the same pain and abuse that this sweet baby did. They should have to suffer for days before their miserable useless lives end!! I wish I had know little Scotty then he would have know what love is really like. I’m horrified at what he went through. RIP sweet boy you now know what love truly is!

  • shay

    I hope they rott in hell all 3 of them … All of those children deserve a fair chance in life.. I saw this lastnite laying in bed and cryed the instant I saw it I have a 2 1/2 yr old poor little Scotty was 3 he was tiny a simple hand smack or pop on the butt would have worked but to beat a child to this degree is ungodly and no one deserves this but those 3 hillbilly fuckers … I hope that bitch gets fucked up when she gets to prison all of them are going to get what’s coming to them…. RIP baby boy I didn’t know u but you have forever touched my heart and u and your family will always be in my prayers

  • Alicia

    There are no words to describe this kind of evil. I keep searching the web to see a status update on that little angel’s older brother. May those evil tortures rot in hell. I agree with others, the death penalty is too good for them….let the public have at them

  • Samantha

    These people are some of the most unbelievably twisted and evil individuals I have ever heard of. And the school district should have sent someone to check on the older boy. They might have seen what was going on and saved Scott McMillan. Whoever heard of a kindergartener being absent for TWO WEEKS and “every attempt was made to contact the parents”?? If they had no answer from the family, then a home visit should have been paid. The whole situation is just heartbreaking. The mother, Jillian, is noting but a s*** and how one woman could find Fellenbaum attractive, let alone TWO, is beyond credulity. Truly unreal. I hope and pray these two go to jail for the rest of their lives and are no longer allowed to procreate. They can’t handle themselves, let alone the children they have.

  • jade

    Still against abortion? That bitch should have aborted her kids. Better yet her mom should have aborted her. What pieces of shit. I say 10 year sentence with daily hour long beatings