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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.


1timOthy(802 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm sorry ! I'm sick and need medication ! Or they were on Drugs ! So these 3 excuse or Lies as I call them are just what they are? These people were enraged by their own DESIRES ! And those DESIRES should get THEM THE DEATH PENALTY. Just a shame It takes 20 years to kill them !!!!!

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2endthismess(464 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Why do these two scum bags have any rights. While they are being housed, getting three squares, get showers, receive visitors, have a place to sleep, don't have frost bitten feet and have rights, this poor boy who was their private voodoo doll will be laid to rest in a dark grave forever. May these two POS 's rot in their own skin. I hope their sick deliberate hate filled minds drive them into the deepest depths of hell each minute they draw a breath on earth. Death penalty....nah....no short cuts out. Let them rot in their shoes for each step they take.

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3lefty83(313 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

2 worthless people in my book,she better not get off lightly.just sayin...

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4Attis(1134 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Shain and her children were prisoners of this monster who totally isolated them from everyone in order to viciously control, beat and eventually kill one of them. Why is she even charged with child endangering and in jail? She is a victim of domestic violence. Childrens Services and the Struthers police who were fully aware of the violent situation in this prison of a house are the ones who should be charged with child endangering.

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5dawn421(265 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

@Attis, ARE YOU KIDDING ME???????????????????? that piece of crap should be charged with MURDER not child endangering. i was a victim of domestic violence and let me say, he!!! no you wont ever touch my child. i will not be attending any pity party for her, i did not get my invitation.

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6Mimi1029(3 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

ATTIS....People like you are the reason that these tragedies continue to happen...because our "JUSTICE SYSTEM" allows for every pathetic excuse instead of holding criminals accountable for their decisions and actions!!!! Teddy didn't have a choice...he was forced to be ABUSED and MURDERED at the hands of that monster...the CHOICE that his "mother" MADE FOR HIM...she should be sentenced to the same fate that she allowed her son to endure...and you should be ashamed of your despicable words

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7janmarsolhoh(11 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Judgement of these two sorry excuses for human beings is not to be made by us...God will do the judging. I just hope that He damns them to hell for what they did (yes, I said THEY because that mother is just a guilty) to that innocent child. Sentence them to life in prison and let the inmates do with them what they will! They both deserve the harshest abuse imaginable.

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8Eddiegasior(5 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

So let me get this strait. The want money to be donated to the very foundation that failed this boy? If they had a fund for the siblings or something to make sure the twins are able to go to collage or help with the rest of there time in CSB custody I would donate.How ever I refuse to donate to the very foundation that failed this boy!

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9CountryGirl51(232 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

What a shame ! It should have never happend ! The system failed, as it has so many times. Im tired of hearing how there was no proof from CSB ! And i hope the grandmother does not get the other two boys. This family is so dysfunctional...She didnt raise her two girls they way they should have been so she does not deserve to have the twin boys ! And i think they are going to try and make money on this as well.

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10hollywood(94 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

it was that mothers responsibility to protect that child. ok if he was beating her and she didnt do nothin thats her,but any good mother would die protecting her child,not letting her child die. now shes not helping the police! she still protecting that pos. if she gets out she will have another child that she will let die. she should get life in prison!if she dont, shame on our system it would have failed teddy twice!

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