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Struthers woman enters guilty pleas in son's abuse

Published: Mon, June 17, 2013 @ 9:52 a.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — A Struthers woman accused of allowing her son to be abused by her boyfriend that ultimately led to the boy's death entered guilty pleas this morning before Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge R. Scott Krichbaum.

Shain Widdersheim of Creed Street entered guilty pleas to four counts of child endangering and a count of obstruction of justice. Prosecutors are recommending a 10-year prison sentence. She sobbed through the entire proceeding.

She is accused of allowing her son, Teddy Foltz, 14, to be abused by her boyfriend, Zaryl Bush. That abuse led to Foltz's death in January, prosecutors said.

The coroner's office ruled that Foltz died of blunt force trauma to the head. Bush also faces charges for the boy's death and has a pretrial hearing later this week.

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1gdog4766(1491 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

10 years for standing by while someone tortures, rapes and beats your son to death!!!! Are you kidding me? This P.O.S. should get life! Now the Struthers failure of a cop who failed in his investigation needs fired and pension benefits stripped. Also the same must be done to the CPS worker who knew and did nothing. Terminate and strip all pension benefits of both. If this was a puppy and not a child people would be jumping up and down and screaming. But to them it's just a kid. No signs, no petitions, no calls to their congressman, nothing.

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2DwightK(1256 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Unbelievable. Does justice even exist in Mahoning County? I mean, if I looked it up in a dictionary that was located in the county, would I find the definition?

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