Lebanon couple charged with homicide after boy found dead, locked in room for years

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LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) — Annville Township parents were arrested this week, after their 12-year-old son was found naked, dead and in his own waste.

Scott Schollenberger Jr., the child’s biological father, and Kimberly Maurer, who was supposedly acting as a mother figure for a decade, are both charged with Criminal Homicide, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Conspiracy.

On May 26, 2020, Annville Township Police Department (ATPD) officers responded to 30 South White Oak Street in Annville, Lebanon County for a report of a deceased 12-year-old boy. The initial police officers who responded to the scene immediately requested assistance with the investigation from the Lebanon County Detective Bureau due to the horrific conditions they discovered inside the residence.

The boy has been identified as Max Schollenberger. He only weighed 47.5 pounds and was 50 inches tall. The parents told detectives that the boy did not have any physical or mental conditions.

The doctor who did the autopsy says he believes he died as a combination of blunt force trauma to the head, malnutrition and starvation.

Detectives say living conditions at the home were deplorable.

“He existed in a state of perpetual suffering,” said Graf. “He existed in the most deplorable, the foulest, the most heinous of human conditions.”

Detectives found the child completely naked and sprawled across the bed. Both the bed and the victim’s body were completely covered in fecal matter. Claw marks appeared on the child’s sheets. Detectives could smell the fecal matter from all rooms on the second floor of the house.

There were no lights in the bedroom, and all windows were all blocked off.

The door contained three metal hooks, which the investigation revealed were installed by the child’s parents to lock the child in his room.

There were three other children in the house who said they almost never saw Max. All three children were well-cared for and healthy.

“They would describe the foul stench that emanated from Max Schollenberger’s bedroom,” said Graf. “How they were told to ignore him and not talk to him. One child described when our defendants would enter that little boy’s bedroom, that child would scream and he would cry.”

Both parents are being held without bail.

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