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Widdersheim remains jailed, uncooperative in son’s death probe

Published: Sat, February 2, 2013 @ 12:09 a.m.

By jeanne starmack



A woman charged in the death of her 14-year-old son remained in jail Friday and still was not cooperating with police, a detective said.

Shain Widdersheim, 32, of 28 Creed St., was arraigned Friday morning in municipal court here on a charge of child endangering in the death of her son, Teddy Foltz.

She was in Mahoning County jail afterward in lieu of paying 10 percent of a $100,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for her at 9:30 a.m. March 5.

Her boyfriend, Zaryl Bush, 43, of 533 Creed St., also is in jail, charged with murder and rape in Teddy’s death.

Teddy was hospitalized Jan. 21 with severe head trauma. He died Jan. 26 at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Struthers Detective Jeff Lewis said Widdersheim was not cooperating with the investigation.

He said police expect to take the case to the county prosecutor Monday, and a grand jury may hear Bush’s case as soon as Thursday.

He said the prosecutor could decide to take Widdersheim’s case, too, before the grand jury before her March 5 hearing.

Lewis said there was a meeting set with the coroner’s office Friday afternoon, and police expected to know more then about how the boy was killed.

He said that information likely would not be made public.

Teddy was attacked at either his mother’s or Bush’s house, then Widdersheim took him to Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley in Boardman. He was transferred to St. Elizabeth shortly after, and the hospital contacted Mahoning County Children Services.

A family friend notified Struthers police on Jan. 23, and they began their investigation then.

Widdersheim moved from Hubbard to Struthers three years ago after she met Bush. Neighbors said it appeared that the pair did not want Teddy and his 10-year-old twin brothers to socialize outside the family.

Widdersheim’s mother told The Vindicator her daughter became estranged after she met Bush, and Teddy’s biological father, Shawn Tedesco of Sharon, Pa., said he couldn’t even see his son at the hospital because Widdersheim had refused to allow him visitation there.

“The biggest thing we want is justice for [Teddy],” said Rhianna Snyder, Tedesco’s fiancee, after Widdersheim’s arraignment.

The Teddy Foltz-Tedesco Fund for Prevention of Child Abuse has been established, she and Tedesco said. People in the community are planning a spaghetti dinner, and proceeds from it will benefit that fund, they said.

Contributions to the fund may be sent to PNC Bank, 70 W. Liberty St., Hubbard, OH 44425.

The twins are now in foster care and in the custody of children services.

Teddy’s funeral is today at noon at Lane Family Funeral Homes, Anstrom Chapel, 8387 Tod Ave., Boardman.

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