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Fri. 11:35am: Man gets life in teen's death

June 28, 2013
Tribune Chronicle |

YOUNGSTOWN - A man who pleaded guilty to murdering his girlfriend's teen son will be spending at least the next 33 years in prison.

Zaryl Bush, 43, of Struthers, was sentenced this morning on a murder charge, four counts of child endangering and two counts of intimidation. He was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 33 years.

Earlier this month, Bush admitted to killing Teddy Foltz, 14, who died Jan. 26 of head trauma at St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown.

Foltz's mother, Shain Widdersheim, 32, has also has admitted her role in the teen's death. She pleaded guilty to four counts of child endangering and obstructing justice. Detectives said she refused to answer initial questions and seemed to be bereft of any feelings about her son's death.

Widdersheim is expected to serve about 10 years.

Struthers police Detective Jeff Lewis said Foltz was injured Jan. 21 and taken to Akron Children's Hospital Boardman Campus and then transferred to St. Elizabeth's because his injuries were so severe. On Jan. 23, a relative contacted police and asked them to investigate because of the suspicious nature of Foltz's head injury, Lewis said.

The Mahoning County Coroner's Office ruled the cause of Foltz's death as head trauma.



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