The horrifying death of a 12-year-old boy: Maxwell Schollenberger Bio, Wiki, Age
Authorities have released more details about the horrifying death of a 12-year-old boy who may have been held captive in his own home for years before he was found dead in unspeakable conditions.
police officers found a 12-year-old boy, since identified as Maxwell Schollenberger, dead in a bedroom in his Annville Township home on May 26. The boy was found naked in a bed that was covered in feces, and police observed claw marks on the bedsheets. The windows had been sealed completely shut, there was no natural or electrical light in the room, and police found three metal hooks on the door that investigators believe was used to keep Max locked in the room.
Matt’s biological father, Scott Schollenberger Jr., 42, and Scott’s wife, Kimberly Mauer, 35, have been charged with facing criminal homicide and endangering the well-being of the children.
Court documents obtained by Fox 43 News show that investigators found only a one-inch cup of water in the bedroom. The documents also indicate that the boy was essentially a captive in the room for several years: he was never enrolled in school and had not seen a doctor in more than a decade.
Even the children who lived in the house said that they hardly ever saw Max, and one or more children reportedly told police that they did not know Max existed. It is unclear from the report how many children other than Max lived in the home. Those children, believed to be biological descendants of both suspects, appeared to be well cared for and healthy.
The suspects reportedly told police that Max did not have any physical or mental disabilities.
A medical examiner discovered the boy was severely malnourished, with limited muscle mass in all four limbs and weakened bones, according to the report. At 12 years old, Max weighed just 47.5 pounds and was 50 inches tall.
Dr. Michael W. Johnson, who performed the autopsy on the boy’s body, determined that Max died of homicide, noting injuries to the boy’s head along with the results of long-term starvation.
“In my medical opinion, this 12-year-old boy died as a result of blunt force head trauma that complicated starvation or malnutrition,” the doctor wrote in the autopsy report obtained by Fox 43 News.
At a news conference Monday, Lebanon County District Attorney Pier Hess Graf spoke of the egregious abuse and neglect the boy suffered until his death.
“Today marks the first step on the long road to justice for this child. Max Schollenberger existed – I will not call this living – in a state of perpetual suffering; it existed in the most atrocious and horrible conditions. He remained starved, locked up and isolated until his murder. This child never waited for his first day of school, blew candles on a birthday cake, or experienced the unconditional love of family, ”the district attorney said, according to Fox 43 News.
“The utter despair that was the life of Max Schollenberger calls for justice for his death,” he said.
Both suspects are reportedly being held without bail.