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Shain Widdersheim gets 15 years in prison in death of her son

Published: Wed, September 4, 2013 @ 12:13 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN -- The mother of Teddy Foltz of Struthers received maximum sentences this morning on charges she allowed her ex-boyfriend to abuse her three sons, killing Teddy in January 2012.

Shain P. Widdersheim received a sentence of 15 years from Judge R. Scott Krichbaum of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Teddy, died in January five days after a beating he received from 43-year-old Zaryl Bush, who received  33 years to life in prison earlier this summer after pleading guilty to murder and other charges

Prosecutors and police said Widdersheim kept family and others from seeing Teddy and his twin brothers, now 11, and that Bush abused all three for a significant period of time, including forcing the twins to beat Foltz as well as beating all three himself.

"You don't deserve the title of mother," Judge Krichbaum said. "Mother is a sacred title no one should call you."

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1bookgirl(29 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

15 years isn't long enough, it should be life.

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2Aware(255 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Still one question remains. Where was the father all along? Did he have visitation? If not, why not? If he DID have visitation, that would have been enforced. Too little too late. And where is the father of the twins? Building a bench and all the press now is questionable. That entire family needs to answer questions. THEY let that kid down. If that father had any relationship with the boy - anything at all - something could have been done.

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