Mother pleads guilty in beating death of 3-year-old son

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The mother of a three-year-old Chester County boy beaten to death in 2014 pleaded guilty Wednesday to third-degree murder.


Jillian Tait, 33, and her boyfriend, Gary Lee Fellenbaum III, 25, were accused of striking Scott McMillan and his six-year-old brother with their fists, frying pans, metal rods, and whips.

Police said the adults taped Scott to a chair and beat him unconscious, and hung both children upside down by their feet to pummel them. Scott died following a series of beatings between Nov. 2 and 4, 2014, in Fellenbaum’s mobile home in West Caln Township, police said.





Prosecutors said they will pursue the death penalty for Fellenbaum.

Tait also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and other charges on Wednesday at the Chester County Justice Center in West Chester.

Fellenbaum’s trial is scheduled to start in September.




Amber Fellenbaum, Gary Fellenbaum’s wife, was in the home at the time of the abuse but did not report it. She pleaded guilty Wednesday to endangering the welfare of children and reckless endangerment.

 


















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