In a horrific case out of Pennsylvania, police say a man and his girlfriend have been charged with murdering their three-year-old son — torturing and killing him because he didn’t want to eat his breakfast.
Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced that Gary Fellenbaum and Jillian Tait were arrested yesterday. The arrests came after emergency personnel responded to a call at their mobile home about an unresponsive child. There, they found 3-year-old Scott McMillan suffering from bruises, lacerations and puncture wounds all over his body.
According to police, Fellenbaum, Tait, and Fellenbaum’s wife, Amber confessed to authorities that they beat Scott, hit him with sharp objects, tied him up to a chair with electrical tape and eventually hug the little boy up by his feet and beat him to death. Tait explained that the fatal beating began when the boy wouldn’t eat his breakfast, according to reports.
Why do these kinds of cases happen?
The pro-life movement has long said abortion has a slippery slope that leads to an overall disrespect for human life. When it’s just as easy to take the life of a child in an abortion as it is to purchase a can of soda at store, perhaps society has become a place where parents no longer have the respect for children they once did.
Hogan said, “Little Scotty McMillan is dead. 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.”
Hogan said professionals with deep experience in these types of cases were brought to tears.
“Our ER nurses see a lot of terrible things. But when they saw his body, they wept,” Hogan said.
The district attorney says Gary Fellanbaum and Tait went car shopping, bought pizza, took a nap and engaged in sexual activity – all while the child lay dying after weeks of relentless torture.
Tait allegedly told police that Fellenbaum beat her 6 and 3-year-old boys on a number of occasions. He would allegedly hit them with a closed fist in the head, face, chest and buttocks, and on one occasion she says he strung the boys up by their feet and beat them, while she and Fellenbaum laughed.
That 6-year-old boy is now in the care of relatives.
Fellenbaum and Tait are charged with murder and are currently being held without bail. Hogan says he will be seeking the death penalty.