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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A pretrial hearing is set for 8:30 Tuesday morning for a Struthers couple indicted for the death of a 14-year-old boy.

A Mahoning County grand jury indicted Zaryl Bush, 43, and Shain Widdersheim, 32, in March.

The indictment included two counts of murder against Bush, citing that he purposely caused the death of 14-year-old Teddy Foltz and that the boy's death was caused as a result of being assaulted.

Widdersheimm, Foltz's mother, was charged with child endangering, one count of involuntary manslaughter and one count of obstructing justice.

Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains said, "The grand jury found that there's probable cause to believe Mr. Bush beat Teddy Foltz. Basically, beat him unconscious; put him in a coma and a week later he died from his injuries."

Other counts against Bush include involuntary manslaughter, felonious assault and tampering with evidence.

"We don't have evidence that she assaulted these children herself, but the evidence strongly suggests that she failed to protect them from Mr. Bush," Gains said.

Between Bush and Widdersheim, they were indicted on 10 counts of child endangering, not only for what happened to Foltz, but also in regard to his 10-year-old twin brothers.

Bush is indicted on two counts of intimidation for threatening the twin boys, who were witnesses in this case.

Zaryl Bush, had initially been charged with rape, but the grand jury found no evidence to indict him on that charge.

"There was no physical evidence linking Zaryl Bush or anyone else to any sexual conduct with that child," Gains said.

Bush faces 41 years to life in prison. Widdersheim faces 31 years. They are currently being held in jail without bond.

The couple will appear before Judge R. Scott Krichbaum of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, who will also preside over the jury trial beginning May 20.

 

The Mahoning County Grand Jury Indictment:

Count 1: Murder (against Zaryl Bush)

Count 2: Murder (against Zaryl Bush)

Count 3: Felonious Assault (against Bush)

Counts 4-7: Child Endangering of Teddy Foltz (against Bush)

Counts 8-9: Child Endangering of Foltz's twin brothers (against Bush)

Counts 10-11: Intimidation of Foltz's brothers (against Bush)

Count 12: Tampering with Evidence (against Bush)

Counts 13-14: Child Endangering of Teddy Foltz (against Shain Widdersheim)

Counts 15-16: Child Endangering of Foltz's twin brothers (against Shain Widdersheim)

Count 17: Obstruction of Justice (against Widdersheim)

Count 18: Involuntary Manslaughter (against Bush)

Count 19: Involuntary Manslaughter (against Widdersheim)

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