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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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1Aware(250 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

There is still the unanswered question - if his father had visitation, why was there no action on his part? Something is missing in this picture. How is it the father did not seek enforcement of visitation? The boy had 2 parents - one allowed the abuse. Where was the other parent - when it mattered? Visitation CAN be enforced.

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2DwightK(1458 comments)posted 2 years, 5 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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3redeye1(5351 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

This just makes me sick. Only ten years !!!! That is crazy!!!!!!!!!

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