By Mike DeNardo
COATESVILLE, Pa. (CBS) — The Coatesville Area School District says school personnel were unaware that the older brother of a three-year-old boy who was tortured and beaten to death was also being abused.
Coatesville school officials investigated whether school staff had any indication that three-year-old Scott McMillan’s six-year-old brother, a kindergarten student, had been abused as well. The boy had been absent from school for two weeks.
In a letter to parents, schools superintendent Cathy Taschner said that when a child is absent, the school will call and write to parents to find out why. And if there’s no response, she said, a staffer will visit the home.
In this case, the school reportedly left a note for the boys’ mother on the door.
Taschner said an internal investigation showed no evidence that school staff missed signs that the six-year-old was being mistreated.
The mother, 31-year-old Jillian Tate, and her boyfriend, 23-year-old Gary Fellenbaum, are charged with torturing three-year-old Scott to death.