My heart breaks with each
story that I add to my site, I can deal with that. What I have trouble
dealing with is the EVIL
people who STILL
think that abusing children is
acceptable and that they won't get caught. How can anyone feel that
torturing a helpless child is a NORMAL
thing to do? How can anyone hear a child cry and just not want to hug
them and make them feel better, to let them know everything is going to
be okay, to let them know they are safe, loved and cared for? I will
never understand it, I will never get used to it, it will always break
my heart a little more.
Gary Lee Fellenbaum, a 23 year old "man" (I use the term man only
because he's male) and Jillian Tait, a 31 year old woman (Again, I use
the term only because she is female) , went shopping for a car, bought
a pizza and then had sex all while her three year old son, Scott, was
laying on air mattress in their home, dying from torture and beatings
he had been subjected to at their hands.
Gary and Jillian had only met in September of 2014, when both were
employed by Walmart, they moved in together in October of 2104. Six
people lived in the home, three adults, including Gary's estranged wife
21 year old Amber Fellenbaum, Jillian and Gary along with three
children, two boys aged six and three years old and one little girl who
was 11 months old.
Inside the home, the two boys were tortured and beaten while the adults
laughed about their treatment. Scott and his older brother were hung
upside down by their feet while Gary and Jillian laughed about their
obvious pain. The older boy learned quickly that if he squirmed and
moved around, it was worse, so he would hold still, but Scott had not
learned that yet and he was moving around a lot. Scott's beatings had
included being hit with a frying pan, a curtain rod,
Scott had refused to eat his breakfast one morning and he was
disciplined by being thrown against a wall so hard that his body put a
hole in the wall, was punched so hard he fell off of a chair and was
then duct taped to the chair so he would not fall out while he was
Gary and Jillian were arrested and charged with murder for Scott's
death and aggravated assault for the beatings that his older brother
had been put through. Amber was charged with child endangerment for not
getting help soon enough for the children, though she had been the one
to call 911 the night that they were called. By the time Amber called,
Scott had been suffering and unresponsive for many hours, put into a
shower by Gary and Jillian for over 30 minutes and when he didn't
respond, they put him on air mattress and went shopping.
After napping and having sex, Jillian went to check on Scott and found
that he was not breathing, she yelled for someone to call 911. District
Attorney Thomas Hogan was quoted as saying that this case is an
"American Horror Story":
"It was an unspeakable
act of depravity"
A search of the house turned up no drugs or alcohol, noting that,
Thomas Hogan said:
"This is just evilness"
The older boy in the home showed obvious signs of abuse:
"It is going to take us
years to put him back together again physically and mentally"
This boy and the 11 month old girl were placed in a home with other
family members. Gary and Jillian were held without bail and Amber was
given a bail amount of $500,000., none of them had lawyers this
early on. Thomas Hogan said at a press conference:
"Let me tell you about
an American horror story. Little Scotty McMillan , a three year old
the beginning of his life, is dead. Over a three day period this week,
he was system-
tortured and beaten to death. He was punched in the face and stomach.
with a home made whip. He was lashed with a metal rod. He was tied to a
beaten. He was tied upside down by his feet and beaten. While the rest
of the country
watching for the election returns, on Tuesday, Little Scotty McMillan
was breathing his
I promise you that, though the Heavens may fall, justice will be done
Say a prayer for little Scott McMillan. The brief nightmare that was
Scotty was taken to Brandwine Hospital and was found to have bruises on
the top of his head and puncture wounds and lacerations all over his
"Our Emergency nurses
see a lot of things, but when they saw his body, they wept"
Thomas told of the offenses that Scott was guilty enough of to pay with
his life, he had disrespected Gary and he did not eat the toast he was
given for breakfast. Thomas said that the death penalty would be on the
table for Gary and Jillian.
Police were called to the home about 7:45 p.m. with the caller saying
that there was an unresponsive child in the home. When Emergency crews
arrived, an attempt was made to revive Scotty, but their attempts
failed. Police found the things that had been used to torture and beat
these children. Jillian told Police that in the beginning, Gary would
discipline the children by spanking them on their bottoms and as time
went on, his discipline got more aggressive with him hitting them with
his fists in their heads, faces and legs.
Scotty was the main target because he was the one who had the least
ability to understand what was happening and he would fight back while
his brother would not fight back because he didn't want to cause Gary
to become even more angry. Jillian admitted that she had participated
in the torture and beatings of these children and that the morning that
Scott could not eat the toast that was made for him, he would spit it
out and Gary tried to shove it back in and when Scott resisted him, he
got angry and stared beating on him.
The next day, Scott woke up with a severely swollen face and when he
again would not eat, Gary said he was just being disrespectful and
that's when he punched him hard enough to knock him out of the chair.
Gary taped Scotty into the chair and punched him again Scotty began to
vomit and that's when he became unresponsive. Gary didn't even try to
deny any of what Jillian told Police:
admitted that Scott was heavily bruised from the assaults. Asked why
not contact 911 when he saw that Scott was unresponsive, Gary stated
that he was
he would be in trouble with the Police and county child services if the
injuries to Scott
What a shock! (said with sarcasm and
person who abuses a child to death thinks what they did is okay and
that they don't need to be punished for it so they don't call anyone to
help the child because they feel they shouldn't have to get in trouble.
I saw pictures of this man and he's a big man, no match for a three
year old and a six year old. Thank God this couple didn't abuse the 11
month old baby girl.
Thomas Hogan stated that there had been no signs to anyone that the
children were being abused with neighbors saying they had not seen much
of the boys as far as being outside playing"
"Nothing in this park
ever happened like this. It hurts everybody, it hurts me"
The older boy had been going to school, but the teachers and other
employees had not noticed any bruises on him. It was reported that he
had been out of school for at least two weeks while the worst of the
beatings was taking place, but since there was a horrible Flu going
around, no one at school seemed to notice. In this day and age, if a
child misses THAT
I think the school should be calling to check on the child.
Deputy District Attorney Deborah Ryan, head of the DA's Child Abuse
Unit, stated that it was not known where Jillian had been living with
her two sons before she met and moved in with Gary and that it was
unclear where the biological father of those two boys was living.
Deborah said that the abuse suffered by these little Angels was the
worst and most disturbing case she had seen in a long time:
"Unfortunately, we see
acts of violence against our children every day. We want to
the public that we are doing everything we can in our power to bring
these two little boys"
Chief Curt Martinex said:
"This was an isolate
incident. Our township Police Department has taken every step to
the safety of our residents"
Chief James Vito also spoke at the press conference and thank the first
responders and made an urgent statement saying that if anyone sees or
suspects child abuse in the future to call the Police or the DA's tip
"If there is any hope
to this story it is that Scott's six year old brother survived and no
suffer the abuse he endured"
"They whipped Scotty. They whipped him with a curtain rod. They went
shopping! And went
out for pizza and came back and fooled around. They killed a child
under the age of 12. We
will seek the death penalty in this case"
A preliminary hearing was
set for the week of November 10, 2014.