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Trust fund established for surviving child in McMillan murder case

11/20/2014 11:57AM ● By J. Chambless

The Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County and the Chester County District Attorney’s Office announced on Nov. 20 that a trust fund has been established to benefit Ryan McMillan, the 6-year-old brother of Scotty McMillan.

Jillian Tait, the mother of Ryan and Scotty McMillan, and her boyfriend Gary Fellenbaum have been charged with the torture-murder of 3-year-old Scotty McMillan.

This is the only trust that has been officially established to benefit Ryan McMillan.

The case has gotten international attention after police were called to a home in West Caln, where they found Scotty McMillan dead, and Ryan badly beaten. In statements to police, it was revealed that the two boys had been beaten for days with fists, whips and metal rods. At one point, the two boys were allegedly hung by their feet and beaten with a pan.

Gary Fellenbaum and Tait are facing charges of murder, aggravated assault, conspiracy, endangering the welfare of a child and other charges.

Crime Victims' Center board member Laura Sweeney Derrico said, “The news of Scotty’s death rocked our community to the core. In addition to being a board member of the CVC of CC, I am also a mom to two young, beautiful boys. It is heartbreaking to know that Scotty suffered such horrific pain. It is heartbreaking to know that Ryan will have to grow up without his brother by his side. It is our hope that through the creation of this trust, Scotty’s memory will live on and help Ryan on his journey to healing. Through this trust, Ryan will know he is not alone; he has a community surrounding him.

“The CVC of CC provides support to victims of crime through preventative education, advocacy, accompaniment through the criminal justice system, counseling services, and more. All of this is done with the goal of helping victims through their journey of healing.”

District Attorney Tom Hogan stated, “This child has been exposed to some things that no child should ever see or hear. He has lost his little brother. He was betrayed by the people who were supposed to care for him. The good people of this community cannot do anything to help Scotty except shed a tear and say a prayer, but we all can join together to help Ryan McMillan rebuild his life.”

Many individuals and companies have volunteered to help Scotty McMillan’s family. James J. Terry Funeral Home arranged and covered all costs for Scotty McMillan’s funeral. Attorneys Jim McErlane, Skip Persick, and Stacey Willits McConnell, from the law firm Lamb McErlane PC in West Chester, volunteered to establish the trust. DNB First volunteered to work with the attorneys to handle the details of the trust account. All of these companies have donated their time and efforts.

Attorney Skip Persick and DNB First will act as trustees, making sure that all donations are used for the direct benefit of Ryan McMillan.

Donations should be sent to:

Chester County Angel Trust

DNB First Wealth Management

410 Exton Square Parkway

Exton, PA 19341.

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