Bond doubled for mother of slain Struthers boy

By peter H. MILLIKEN


A Mahoning County Common Pleas Court magistrate has doubled the bond for a Struthers woman charged with involuntary manslaughter in the January beating death of her 14-year-old son Teddy Foltz.

Magistrate Daniel Dascenzo increased Shain Widdersheim’s bond from $100,000 to $200,000 at her arraignment Tuesday, at which she entered an innocent plea. Dascenzo appointed Douglas King as her defense lawyer.

The lower bond had been set in February in Struthers Municipal Court, where Widdersheim was only charged with a single count of child endangering.

Besides the manslaughter, Widdersheim, 32, of Creed Street, was charged in an indictment earlier this month with four counts of child endangering and one count of obstructing justice.

Widdersheim’s case was assigned to Judge R. Scott Krichbaum, who already has been assigned the case of her former boyfriend and co-defendant, Zaryl G. Bush, 43, also of Creed Street, Struthers.

Bush, who prosecutors allege fatally beat Teddy, has also pleaded innocent and is jailed under a $1 million bond.

Bush is charged in the indictment with murder and involuntary manslaughter, felonious assault, six counts of child endangering, two counts of intimidation and one count of tampering with evidence in the death of Teddy and endangering his younger brothers.

Widdersheim, who prosecutors allege failed to protect her son from physical abuse, is also the mother of the younger boys.

Widdersheim, who remains jailed, brought Teddy to Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley in Boardman with severe head injuries Jan. 21, and the boy died Jan. 26 in St. Elizabeth Health Center.

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