Father pleads guilty to charges related to son that died locked in his bedroom

Scott Schollenberger Jr, 41, and Kimberly Maurer, 35, of Annville, Pennsylvania. [Image credit: Penn Live]

Annville, Pennsylvania: Nearly two years after the naked body of 12-year-old Max Schollenberger was discovered locked in his dark, fecal-covered, second-floor bedroom, his father has plead guilty to charges against him related to his death and been sentenced to life in prison without parole.


Max's body was found on May 26, 2020 and in September of that year, after an autopsy revealed that Max had died from blunt force trauma to the head with the compounding factors of starvation and malnutrition, his father, Scott Scholleberger Jr. and his live-in-fiancée, Kimberly Maurer were charged with homicide.


At the time of his death, Max weighed just 47.5 pounds, had never been enrolled in school, and had not seen a doctor since the age of two.


At a pre-trial hearing on Thursday, February 10, Schollengerger Jr., now 43, plead guilty to charges including criminal homicide, child endangerment, and conspiracy to commit child endangerment.


He was sentenced to life in prison without parole by Judge Bradford Charles.


Maurer, 36, is scheduled to be in court next month when her trial begins. She faces the same charges.