Today, we have more details on the reason for the July arrest of 42-year-old Scott Schollenberger.
Scott and his girlfriend, 35-year-old Kimberly Maurer, were taken into custody on September 11, 2020 and charged in the death of Scott’s 12-year-old son, Maxwell Schollenberger. Max was found deceased in May in the family’s Annville, Pennsylvania home; the little boy was emaciated and covered in feces, which was also smeared and caked on every surface in the bedroom, which was locked from the outside with three metal hooks. There was no furniture in the room other than the bed on which Max died, and there was no light, either electric or natural, as the windows had been sealed with screws, the shades secured with duct tape.
It is possible that Max, who hadn’t seen a doctor in almost a decade and was never enrolled in school, was held captive in this horrific, inhumane manner for years.
Other children who lived in the home, including Kim’s two teenagers from a previous relationship and three young children born to the couple, appeared healthy, well nourished, and free from physical abuse. Max was Scott’s biological son but not Kim’s, although she had been his caregiver since he was around two years old.
In my initial post about Max’s case, I reported that Scott was initially arrested on July 9 and charged with simple assault due to a rumored attack on his girlfriend, Kim. Yesterday, the Lebanon Daily News confirmed the rumor and provided more details about the incident.
On July 9, 2020, Annville police were called to the family’s home at 30 South White Oak Street on an assault report. According to township records, Kim told police that Scott hit her when he returned home at around 7:00 that morning after a night out. Scott was reportedly angry about something that happened with a friend, Kim said, and when she asked him if he had been out drinking all night, he hit her.
A police officer on the scene took note of swelling above Kim’s eye.
Scott was charged with simple assault in that incident. A jury trial for that charge has been scheduled for November.
Scott and Kim are due in court this week, scheduled for a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge John W. Ditzler on Thursday, September 24 at 8:00 AM. They each face charges of criminal homicide, endangering the welfare of children, and conspiracy to commit both.
The newspaper also reported that one of Scott’s former coworkers, Michael Chalbowski, told them Scott had “a bit of an anger issue.” The men worked together for several years in the kitchen of Lebanon’s Ruby Tuesday restaurant. Chalbowski, who now lives in Illinois, told the reporter that he spent some time outside of work with Scott, but he found the man “weird” and said he had a foul mouth.
A memorial has sprung up in front of the house where Max died since the announcement of Scott and Kim’s arrests during a press conference by Lebanon County District Attorney Pier Hess Graf on September 14.
Click here for my ongoing coverage of Max’s case.
Sources: Lebanon Daily News