Authorities said a Pennsylvania man and his fiancée imprisoned the man’s 12-year-old son in a dark room for years, starving him and beating him while they treated their other children well, until he was finally found dead in his filth.
Pennlive.com reported that Scott Schulenberger Jr., 41, and Kimberly Maurer, 35, of Anville, are charged with murder and endangering children. Both were detained without bail, and it was not known on Monday whether they had a lawyer to speak on their behalf.
The charges stem from the death of Maxwell Schulenberger, whose body was found on May 26. The boy was naked, his fecal-covered body lying on a dirty bed in a room that was also covered in it.
The boy did not receive medical care, was not enrolled in school, and his brothers who lived in the same house as the spouses rarely saw him. There were no lights in the boy’s room, and the window shades were closed with masking tape. The metal hooks kept the room closed from the outside.
They write that Schollenberger and Moerer have other children together that “appear to be healthy, well-adjusted, and well taken care of.” The authorities said that these children received regular medical care and went to school.
Authorities said Maurer had been a caregiver for the boy since he was two years old, adding that Schollenberger and Maurer denied that the boy had any mental or physical disorders.
Maurer told investigators that she was the child’s caregiver because Schollenberger “expressed extreme frustration” with the child and feared he would be harmed, authorities said.