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Godmother of child who was beaten to death speaks out

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STRUTHERS, Ohio - Signs have been popping up around Front yards calling for "Justice for Teddy Foltz", as jury selection begins for a trial that is set for June 24th in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

At that time, more information will be revealed about how extensive the abuse was that allegedly took place at the hands of Zaryl Bush.

Police say the boy's mother, Shain Widdersheim, allowed the abuse to happen.

Teddy's godmother, Kelly Mathews Plummer, says Widdersheim painted a picture perfect life with Bush and her children on Facebook, but that was a lie.

Plummer says there were dozens of calls to police and children service agencies in Trumbull and Mahoning counties. But she believes the 14-year-old was ordered not to tell and was too scared to tell the truth.

Plummer says she wished someone would have investigated further looking for bruises and physical injuries. There were photos showing Teddy had a black eye, but he denied being abused to police.

She says Struthers police did separate interviews but tell her Teddy denied ever being physically or verbally abused.

Investigators also tell Plummer that Widdersheim's twins also denied abuse at that time.

She wants all kids and teens to know they can get help by telling police and social workers the truth if they are punched, burned or abused.

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