There’s no way anyone who’s heard Max’s story could forget who he is.
Maxwell Thomas Schollenberger was twelve years old when his beaten, emaciated body was found in a lightless, locked, feces-covered bedroom in May of 2020 in the Annville, Pennsylvania home of his father, Scott Fremont Schollenberger, and Scott’s fiance, Kimberly Marie Maurer.
Both were charged with Max’s murder, although Scott pleaded guilty last month to criminal homicide, endangering the welfare of children, and criminal conspiracy to endanger the welfare of children and was immediately sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Kim apparently thinks she’s got some kind of angle that can serve as a defense against allowing her stepson to starve to death in his own filth in the dark, never enrolling him in school, never taking him to a doctor, and alienating him from his loving mother by moving from place to place to avoid being located.
It appears that no photos of Max exist past the age of six or seven.
Kim’s trial began this week. Below are links to the news coverage:
So far, the most infuriating thing I’ve seen reported is that three days after Max was found dead, Kim cleaned up his bedroom and turned it into a playroom for her three children.
A close second is the fact that when police entered Max’s bedroom the day his death was reported, they found a plate of French fries, cheese fries, and chicken tenders under the bed, surrounded by feces. Kim said she gave the food to Max the night before he died. By that time, medical experts say, Max’s stomach had atrophied to the point that he could no longer have digested food.
My heart goes out to the jurors who had to see the photos of Max the way first responders found him on May 26, 2020, as well as the first responders themselves and especially to Max’s heartbroken mama, Sara.
Click here for my previous coverage of Max’s case.
Click here for my podcast episode about Max, including my interview with his mommy, Sara.
Sources: Lebanon Daily News; Penn Live Patriot-News