By danny restivo
Prosecutors said they still are gathering evidence against a man charged with the rape and killing of a 14-year-old boy.
City prosecutor Dominic R. Leone said Tuesday that prosecutors and law- enforcement officials are continuing to collect evidence in an effort to have Zaryl G. Bush, 43, indicted by a Mahoning county grand jury. Bush is accused of killing Teddy Foltz.
Leone said an investigation and review of autopsies, files, photos and interviews with nearly 50 witnesses are not yet complete. However, he did say he anticipates an indictment by a Mahoning County grand jury before Bush’s preliminary hearing in municipal court.
On Tuesday in Struthers Municipal Court, Judge James Dunn approved a motion by Bush’s court- appointed defense attorney, Ron Yarwood, to postpone Bush’s preliminary hearing from Tuesday to April 9. Bush remains in Mahoning County jail under a $1 million bond.
Shain P. Widdersheim, 32, of 28 Creed St., Teddy’s mother, appeared in municipal court Tuesday. Widdersheim, who is facing a second-degree felony charge of child endangerment, waived her right to a preliminary hearing. Her case was bound over to Mahoning County Common Pleas Court for further proceedings. Her bond of $100,000 with 10 percent cash surety remains. She is in the county jail.
Widdersheim took Teddy to Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley on Jan. 21 and he was transferred immediately to St. Elizabeth Health Center where he died of severe head trauma Jan. 27. Police believe the injuries occurred at Bush’s home before Widdersheim took Teddy back to her house after the attack. They said Widdersheim kept the boy at home for “several hours” before taking him to the hospital. Police said they don’t believe she was present during the attack, but she did not report the incident. Police began investigating the incident two days after Teddy was taken to the hospital.
Police said family friends believe Widdersheim knew about the purported abuse happening not only to Teddy, but also to her other two children. They said a grandmother of the children had them tell Widdersheim about Bush’s physically abusing them more than two years ago, but Widdersheim refused to hear it.
Leone said Widdersheim’s twin 10-year-old boys are in foster care. He said a juvenile court will decide who their legal guardian will be.
In an unrelated incident, the judge dismissed a minor misdemeanor charge against Widdersheim for failure to remove garbage from outside her home. According to court documents, Widdersheim pleaded not guilty to the charge Dec. 5, 2012.