Defense seeks to delay hearing

Staff report


The defense attorney for a man charged in the rape and death of a 14-year-old boy is hoping to postpone a preliminary hearing scheduled for today.

On Friday, attorney Ron Yarwood filed a motion to continue the preliminary hearing for Zaryl G. Bush, 43, of 533 Creed St. The hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.

If the motion is granted by a municipal court judge, however, the preliminary hearing would be moved to April 9, according to a court docket.

Bush is charged in the death of Theodore “Teddy” A. Foltz, who died from head trauma Jan. 21 at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

Teddy’s mother, Shain P. Widdersheim, 32, of 28 Creed St., is Bush’s ex-girlfriend. She is facing one count of child endangerment, a second-degree felony. She is scheduled to appear in municipal court today as well.

Police said they don’t believe Teddy’s injuries were caused by Widdersheim.

Teddy lived with his mother, but it is not clear whether he was injured at his mother’s residence or Bush’s residence, police said. Officers said Widdersheim kept the boy home “for several” hours after he was injured before he was taken to the hospital.

Family friends have alleged that Widdersheim knew Bush was abusing Teddy along with her other two children before Teddy died. Both of Widdersheim’s other children now are in protective custody.

Police said their investigation began Jan. 23, two days after Widdersheim took Teddy to Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley in Boardman.

His injuries were so severe, he was transferred immediately to St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Widdersheim is in the Mahoning County jail in lieu of paying 10 percent of a $100,000 bond. Bush also is in jail with a $1 million bond.

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