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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The mother of murder victim Teddy Foltz is sentenced to 15 years in prison for allowing her ex-boyfriend to abuse her three young sons, killing Teddy in January of 2013.

33-year-old Shain Widdersheim cries and shakes from the minute she's escorted into the courtroom by Mahoning County Sheriff's Deputies.

The Struther's mother was found guilty of four counts of child endangering and obstruction of justice, in the beating death of her 14-year-old son Teddy Foltz back in June as part of a plea agreement.

An involuntary manslaughter charge was dismissed against her as part of that same plea deal.

Widdersheim's ex-boyfriend Zaryl Bush was convicted of murdering the child and is now serving 33 years to life in prison.

On Wednesday, Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge R. Scott Krichbaum sentenced Widdersheim to the maximum of 15 years.

As Widdersheim addressed the court she sobbed uncontrollably, "I've accepted responsibility for my actions, and as an adult, I should have done more for my sons. No amount of apologies will bring my son back home. Teddy's name shall live on through those who loved him. The murder of my son Teddy is any parents worst nightmare."

The child endangering convictions include Widdersheim's twin boys who are now 11-years-old and now safe and in the custody of Children Services.

Patty Amendolea is a Caseworker with Mahoning County Children Services, who tearfully spoke on behalf of the victim's twin brothers.

"They still talk about their brother Teddy, they refer to him as their hero. Today, he's my hero. He saved his brothers from further violence and they in turn were able to speak up about what went on, and that they were witnesses and they were not going to stand for the lies and the violence anymore," Amendolea said.

Rebecca Doherty, the Chief Assistant Prosecutor for Mahoning County, "For a boy his age he took on a lot of responsibility, he tried to protect his mom, he tried to protect his brothers, but he couldn't protect them from a monster, and ultimately gave his life for it."

In a letter read in court, Widdersheim's own mother accused her of choosing a man over her children. Teddy's biological father Shawn Tedesco says Widdersheim has always played the victim.

"She plays the victim card. People feel sorry for her. But this time the Judge saw through it," Tedesco said.

As for Judge R. Scott Krichbaum he told Widdersheim, "You really don't deserve the title of mother."

The Judge said, "She wasn't' the one being beat half to death over and over again, it was her baby boy that she had an obligation to protect. Even beyond the obligation it was her child. How in the name of the good Lord could you not step up and do something?"

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