LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) — A Lebanon County woman convicted for the death of a 12-year-old boy was sentenced on Wednesday morning to life in prison without parole along with 10 to 20 years served on top of that. The judge at Wednesday morning’s sentence said, however, that it will never be enough justice.
In March, Kimberly Mauerer was found guilty of homicide in the 2020 death of Max Schollenberger. Maurer had been supposedly acting as the boy’s mother figure.
On the day of Schollenberger’s death, Annville Township Police were called to the home on White Oak Street for a reporter of a deceased boy. The doctor who completed the autopsy says he believes Schollenberger died of a combination of blunt force trauma to the head, malnutrition, and starvation.
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In September of 2020, four months after Schollenberger’s death, authorities accused his father, Scott Schollenberger, and Maurer of keeping the young boy in a dark room for years, starving him and beating him while treating their other children well. Scott pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Despite Maurer’s attorneys’ efforts to argue that the boy’s father orchestrated the abuse and death, Maurer was found guilty and the Lebanon County District Attorney says Maurer faces an automatic life sentence without the possibility of parole.
In Maurer’s sentencing hearing, the judge said the two acted together and either one could have stopped the torture. Lebanon County District Attorney Pier Fess Graf called the boy’s death slow and torturous.
“We’re sitting here over two years out after the death of this little boy, the condition of that room, the way he died, the manner in which he died, everything she took from him and you saw it again today, there hasn’t been a single tear of remorse for Maxwell. For herself, yes, for him, none,” Graf said. “I think we have as good of an outcome as we can get, but it’s not justice. There is no justice in this, there’s no bringing this child back, there’s no undoing what occurred.”
She also said that she believes Maurer’s attorneys will appeal the sentencing.
Maurer walking into the courthouse:
Schollenberger’s death impacted the entire community. In May of this year, it was announced that a new playground is coming to Annville Elementary School to honor the boy.
Through the support of two state senators, the Annville-Cleona School District was able to get a grant to build Max’s Place Playground. The district hopes to have the playground installed for the start of the 2022-2023 school year.
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