YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Shain Widdersheim cried as she stood before a Judge, admitting that she allowed her former boyfriend Zaryl Bush to allegedly beat her son to death.
Fourteen-year-old Teddy Foltz of Struthers died on January 26th. Investigators say the child was punched repeatedly on that day, and his head slammed against a wall until the he was bleeding and eventually lost consciousness.
Prosecutors now say the victim's twin brothers witnessed his murder, and are now safe and in the custody of Mahoning County Children Services.
Widdersheim is now cooperating with authorities, after initially pleading not guilty to the charges.
She has pleaded guilty to four counts of child endangerment, and one count of obstructing justice. Mahoning County Prosecutor Becky Doherty explained the obstruction charge, "The twins were instructed to give the original story of the brother fell in the bathroom, and initially that was the information provided to the police and obviously that is not correct."
The involuntary manslaughter charge against Widdersheim was dismissed. Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Krichbaum questioned the dismissal of the charge, and Prosecutor Doherty said, "I'm certainly not diminishing anything she did. But she was not present during the actual beating that caused his death. She has cooperated with us, she's given us a full statement, as far as the conduct she was aware of with Zaryl Bush, and what occurred that day."
Widdersheim could face to years in prison, and her plea agreement comes just one week before her former boyfriend is set to go on trial for her son's murder.
Widdersheim's own mother, Sara Foltz, wants her daughter sentenced to the most severe penalty, "The maximum. I do believe she deserves it because she let it go on for so long. I'm sorry. She's my daughter, I love her, but still she did wrong."
The Struther's woman's own sister is still so emotionally distraught, she hasn't talked to her sister, "I haven't spoken to her. I can't right now. All I want is justice for my nephews. They deserve it."
There's no some speculation with this latest development in this tragic case that Zaryl Bush could also consider a plea deal, his murder trial is expected to begin June 24th.