Struthers teen Teddy Foltz died in January after being severely beaten, allegedly at this hands of his own mother and her boyfriend.
Both have been charged in relation to his death.
Now his loved ones want to prevent any other kids from becoming a victim of abuse.
As a collage of childhood pictures of Teddy Foltz show a young boy who appeared to be very happy and full of life, family members claim things changed for the worse a few years ago.
“His mother walked away from myself and the family two years ago when she started to date Zarel Bush,” said Teddy’s godmother, Kelly Plummer.
In hindsight, the family said they should have known something wasn’t right. The once zealous kid had become different.
“He was being very quiet and kept to himself,” said Plummer.
She said she noticed marks and scratches on Teddy’s body, but he denied ever being abused.
Plummer said she never wants another kid to experience what her godson went through.
She organized Sunday’s pasta dinner fundraiser, where proceeds will benefit the Community Foundation for kids who’ve been abused.
“I just wanna get the word out to other children,” said Plummer. “Don’t be scared to get help. Contact somebody if you’re in a situation of abuse.”
“For his life to end this way is tragic,” added Teddy’s former pastor, Daniel Yalgo. ” And, whatever we can do to prevent that from happening to another child will certainly be a victory.”
Family members are going even further. They’ve reached out to area lawmakers.
“My ex-husband Paul, he’s working with Capri Cafaro and getting other laws passed about children being abused,” said Teddy’s grandmother, Sara Foltz.
“I wanted to do this for my godson,” continued Plummer. ” No child ever deserves to be abused.”
The trial for Teddy’s mother, Shain Widdersheim, and her boyfried, Zaryl Bush, is scheduled to start June 24.