SCOTTY MCMILLAN WAS HUNG BY HIS FEET AND TORTURED TO DEATH WHILE IS MOTHER BEAT HIM WITH A FRYING PAN AND LAUGHED ~ CCA0169 ~ UPDATED 11.11.2014
SCOTTY MCMILLAN WAS HUNG BY HIS FEET AND TORTURED TO DEATH WHILE IS MOTHER BEAT HIM WITH A FRYING PAN AND LAUGHED
This case is one that has really hit our LTWH family, and the rest of the world extremely hard. It is a case so gruesome and filled with evil that it’s hard to read through until the end. In fact it is the first time ever that I have honestly been unsure if I could complete the case.
Numerous Lighting Their Way Home family members have sent me emails and messages advocating for Scotty McMillan. Thank you Donna Castaldi, Meredith Barrett, Jamie McVicar, Kristie Sullivan Perry and all the many more family members that have taken a stand for Scotty. You are all his angel advocates.
Scotty McMillan was a beautiful 3 year old. He had blue eyes you could just get lost in and his smile was infectious. Falling in love with Scotty is really easy to do, so I can’t understand how his own mother could allow him to be tortured in the most horrific ways I have ever seen.
Scotty’s mother (and I use that term so loosely), Jillian Tait and her boyfriend, Gary Lee Fellenbaum, who met and worked together at WalMart, tortured Scotty from the moment they met, but the abuse that intensified and sickening torture that they doled out over the last 3 days before Scotty’s little body could take no more and gave out, is horrific beyond horrific.
It was relentless, Scotty was systematically tortured while being hung by his feet and taped to chairs.
To make this even more disgusting, there was another person in the home at the time of the torture who could have saved Scotty, but instead sat by and did nothing to stop the abuse. Amber Fellenbaum, Gary Lee Fellenbaum’s wife, worked with the two at WalMart and lived in the trailer with Tait and Fallenbaum, Scotty, Ryan and her 11 month old daughter. The baby girl did not show signs of abuse and has also been placed with relatives.
(Can someone PLEASE tell me how this guy had two women find him attractive enough to live with him together in a dirty trailer park??!!)
It was not just Scotty who faced this torture in the home, but his 6 year old brother, Ryan, as well. Ryan was also beaten and had his head slammed through walls, at times was hung by his feet, he suffered alongside his baby brother as their mother laughed during their beatings. Thankfully, Ryan survived. Being a little older, Ryan tried to not irritate Fellenbaumer anymore while being abused by not struggling. Scotty was too young to understand though, and he continued to struggle, therefore Scotty shouldered the brunt of the abuse.
So what prompted the 3 days of torture ending in Scotty’s murder? This beautiful little angel had been unable to eat his toast. Toast. When Fellenbaum made Scotty some cinnamon sugar toast for breakfast, Scotty kept spitting it out. Frustrating – sure. Every parent has had one of those mornings when the kids don’t want to eat for one reason or a million other. My solution – reminding them that this is what is for breakfast and there will be nothing else until lunch. So that toast, or whatever it may be, would sit on the counter, there for the taking when they got hungry enough. The record for standing their ground goes to my then 3 year old at 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, he was asking for more scrambled eggs and another apple. Sometimes the best thing a parent can do is wait it out.
That is not what Fellenbaum and Tait chose to do though. Instead they attempted to shove the toast into Scotty’s mouth, when the little boy still would not eat, Fellenbaum began to punch Scotty in the stomach and the face. Fellenbaum and Tait took Scotty back into his room where they continued the beating, both administering the blows to baby Scotty. As the beating progressed, Fellenbaum picked Scotty up by his back and slammed the little boy into the wall and began to use homemade weapons to beat Scotty. The next morning Scotty’s face was red and swollen and he once again did not eat his breakfast. Fellenbaum (who is sooo deserving of respect) felt that Scotty was being disrespectful and the only thing left to do was to torture the little boy for days before he finally died.
He started by punching Scotty so hard that he fell off the chair. Fellenbaum then used electrical tape to tape Scotty to the chair, binding his hands and feet keeping him from falling off as the blows kept coming. Scotty was hung by his feet and every inch of his body was beaten and bruised.
His head was smashed through the wall numerous times, he was punched and kicked in the body and face. The monsters handing out the torture even forced 6 year old Ryan to hit his baby brother throughout the beatings. A bent metal curtain rod was used to beat Scotty, along with a homemade whip. Scotty’s mother and Fellenbaum laughed as they beat the helpless little boy hanging from his feet with a frying pan. Not an ounce of humanity was shown, Scotty was defenceless against the continued torture and abuse. He was beaten with numerous blunt objects and sharp weapons until he began vomiting and became unresponsive.
After Scotty’s final beating, the couple placed him in a bath of ice cold water for 30 minutes in an effort to wake him up. When that didn’t work, Fellenbaum saw it as another sign of disrespect (?????WTF?????), so they simply changed Scotty’s clothes and left him to die alone on a filthy deflated air mattress, with blood pouring from his nose, mouth and ears. Fellenbaum and Tait went car shopping, bought a pizza, came home and had sex then took a nap.
Amber Fellenbaum eventually was the one to call 911, but only after three days of continuous torture, and only after it was far too late to save Scotty’s life.
When Scotty’s battered body was taken to the hospital, emergency room nurses wept at the sight, unable to control their emotions seeing how much torture and pain this beautiful, bright eyed three year old suffered. These nurses see the world’s worst things, but this was so horrific, it was heart shattering. Scotty had ‘bruises on top of bruises’, lacerations and puncture wounds, no part of his body was left unharmed. Tait casually admitted to abusing Scotty, claiming that she woke up in the morning and found Scotty not breathed, then instructed Amber to call 911. She also said she had seen the scars Scotty had been accumulating all his life, but showed no emotion for her dead son.
Now I know you all are wondering how this abuse went unnoticed, so allow me to explain. Ryan was attending school, but had been absent for the two weeks prior to Scotty’s death, the two weeks in which the abuse escalated to pure torture and both boys clearly had visible injuries that would alert any humans that are not blind. Therefore, there was nothing for the school to suspect any abuse and report. According to neighbors, they stated they never saw the children. The boys never left the trailer and their injuries remained behind closed doors.
Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan stated at a press conference “This is just evilness. It is an unspeakable act of depravity.” Evil is the only thing this can be. There were no drugs or alcohol involved in Scotty’s torture and abuse, meaning these monsters looked this angel stone sober in the eye while he hung upside down, beating him with a frying pan. I can’t even comprehend the hatred and foul, vile malice that is their souls to be able to do this to a child.
The more I learn about Tait, the more I want to punch her in the throat. Her behaviour, constant partying and reckless behaviour with men is the farthest thing from what a parent should be. Tait actually placed a personal ad on one site looking for a “sugar daddy” (her exact words) saying that she needed help to make ends meet. In this ad looking for a sugar daddy, she mentions both Scotty and Ryan BY NAME. She might as well as just said – I NEED MONEY AND HAVE TWO LITTLE BOYS THAT WOULD BE PERFECT TARGETS FOR PREDATORS BECAUSE I CLEARLY LACK ANY JUDGEMENT IN KEEPING MY SONS SAFE BY POSTING THEIR NAMES AND A SUGAR DADDY SITE. Just wow.
No surprise here, Fellenbaum’s mother, Paula Fellenbaum is claiming that her little boy is being railroaded. (Good job on parenting by the way Paula, you raised one hell of a monster.) Paula stated that her son is a good kid and doesn’t believe that he beat Scotty to death. “I believe he’s being railroaded. He liked kids. He never had an issue. I don’t understand at all.” Through tears Paula said Fellenbaum was a hard worker, just “trying to make his way in the world.” Well he found it … and I hope it takes him to a 8 X 10 cell with a man named Bubba who has nothing to lose.
Amber Fellenbaum has been charged with child endangerment for failure to help Scotty and is being held on a $500,000 bond.
Gary Fellenbaum is facing 16 charges including first and third degree murder charges, homicide, endangering the welfare of a child and assault and reckless endangerment.
Jillian Tait is facing 15 charges, including first degree murder charges.
Both Fellenbaum and Tait are being held without bail. As DA Thomas Hogan said “The brief nightmare that was Scotty’s life is over.” Hogan and his team are seeking the death penalty in this case, and I don’t think there will be a problem getting a verdict to support that.
Sadly Ryan will now live the rest of his life with the memories of his torture and witnessing his little brother’s murder. He has a hard road ahead of him. Ryan’s physical scars will forever be a reminder of the horror he faced for the first 6 years of his life, but his emotional scars, I am not sure how those can be healed. He is currently with unnamed relatives and I am hoping they are surrounding him with the love his mother never did.
As for Ryan and Scotty’s father, Loren McMillan, he apparently lived far away and had nothing to do with his sons, therefore had no idea of the abuse taking place. There are reports that he is travelling back to be with Ryan. McMillan’s sister, Tera Kluxen, told the press that her family had no idea that the boys were in danger. Kluxen had not seen Ryan and Scotty in a year, but believed the boys were healthy and thriving. She also mentions that her parents had frequently helped her brother and Tait financially and would have done anything to keep the boys safe had they known.
Kluxen is now fighting for custody of Ryan saying “We’re going to do everything we can to get him back into our family and get him safe.” So here’s the thing with Kluxen. Based on every piece of information I can find, I truly believe that Ryan needs to be in her home. Kluxen has children of her own (who are beautiful I might add) and from all accounts she is an incredible mother. I hope with everything in me that Ryan ends up in her home, I know it is the best chance he has at recovering in a loving and supportive environment.
The community has also really rallied around Ryan and are doing all they can to help him. The Infamous Ryders of Chester Co. organized a donation drive which brought in tons of clothing and toys for Ryan, and even brought a few smiles to the little boys face. We will continue to support all efforts to ensure Ryan has the best life possible in the wake of this tragedy. If you would like to make a donation to support Ryan in his future, you can do so at any of the following sites:
A trust fund is currently being set up and as soon as we have that information, we will update you all with it as well.
Scotty is home now, and while he doesn’t need our lights to guide him, he does need to see our lights shining bright with love for him. We didn’t get to hold him and protect him here on Earth, but we can still shine our lights bright so he will forever know that he is fiercely loved and will never spend another day without that love. When authorities were processing Scotty’s home and ultimate death chamber, they only found a single photo of Scotty. One little photo. I walked through my house this morning and counted the framed photos of my boys hanging on the walls, 27 photos ranging from 5X7 to 18X24. I have 17 scrapbooks, and over 100 000 photos on my hard drive – AND this is exactly what 99% of parents have. Each photo is cherished and loved, and knowing that Scotty was robbed of that love, I can’t even think about it without crying. So I ask you all to please light your candles for Scotty and send pictures of them in with your families names and we will create a photo of your candle with Scotty’s face and your message of love for him. These photos will be the ones he should have had, he deserved to have had, and we will post them and share them. We will do what parents do, and we will be proud to do it. Let’s honor this little man in a way he deserves.
Details for Scotty’s funeral have not yet been released, but we will keep you all posted the minute they are.
Scotty – you are free now baby, so fly high, and know that every moment of everyday we are missing and loving you, our sweet angel boy.