Toddler Hung By Feet, ‘Tortured and Beaten to Death’ For Not Eating Breakfast
A Pennsylvania man and his girlfriend are charged with brutally murdering the woman’s 3-year-old son. The man and the woman reportedly confessed to police that the little boy had been beaten with blunt and sharp objects, whipped, taped to a chair with electrical tape and beaten, hung up by his feet and beaten, leading to his death, according to police.
Authorities are calling this one of the most brutal cases they’ve ever seen.
[su_center_ad]Gary Fellenbaum and Jillian Tait, both Walmart workers, were arrested on Thursday morning, according to WGHP.
Authorities were called to the couple’s residence on a report of an unresponsive child.
EMTs on the scene discovered 3-year-old Scott McMillan suffering from bruises, lacerations and puncture wounds all over his body.
Confessions were given by Fellenbaum, Tait and another witness.
The couple beat the boy to death using homemade weapons, such as a whip, a curtain rod and an aluminum strip, according to authorities.
Tait told police that 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.”
Trailer home in West Caln, Chester County where 3-year Scott McMillan was allegedly tortured and beaten to death. pic.twitter.com/qHP92xziWv
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Tait told police that Fellenbaum routinely beat her 6 and 3-year-old boys and on one occasion, she said he strung the boys up by their feet and beat them while she and her boyfriend laughed. The district attorney said Gary Fellanbaum and Tait went car shopping, bought pizza and took a nap while the boy lay dying after weeks of relentless torture.
The 6-year-old boy is now in the care of relatives. Fellenbaum and Tait are both charged with murder. Hogan said he will be seeking the death penalty.
“Our ER nurses see a lot of terrible things. But when they saw his body, they wept,” Hogan said.
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