December 18, 2014

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Mom pleads guilty to letting ex-boyfriend beat son to death while twin brothers watched

YOUNGSTOWN — A Northeast Ohio woman has admitted allowing her ex-boyfriend to fatally beat one of her sons while his twin brothers watched.

Shain Widdersheim pleaded guilty Monday in Mahoning County to four counts of child endangering and one count of obstruction of justice in the January death of her 14-year-old son, Teddy Foltz.

The Vindicator reports that prosecutors have recommended a 10-year prison term when a judge sentences her later.

Widdersheim’s ex-boyfriend, 42-year-old Zaryl Bush, is accused of beating and torturing Teddy and twins over at least two years.

Prosecutors say Bush punched Teddy, made him stand outside until he was frostbitten, walk on hot coals, and slammed his head into walls.

Bush’s trial on murder and other charges is scheduled for next week.