Father calls for tougher child abuse laws

Shawn Tedesco

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The father of a Struthers boy who was beaten to death by his mother’s boyfriend is calling for tougher child abuse laws.

In memory of his son Teddy Foltz, Shawn Tedesco is building a bench to be placed in Harding Park in Hubbard. The park is special to Tedesco because that is where he spent time with his son.

“This is where I spent the most time with him, and I think it would be a great thing to his memory to have it,” said Tedesco.

Teddy Foltz, 14, was severely beaten and tortured by his mother’s boyfriend Zaryl Bush, who was sentenced to 33 years to life in prison for the teen’s murder.

Tedesco said he paid child support but never had visitation rights. He said he wishes he could have done more for his son.

While he agrees with the plea deal that put Bush behind bars, Tedesco is now calling for stricter child abuse laws.

“I also believe there should be harsher penalties for the torture of a child and there’s a lot of things we want to see happen,” said Tedesco. “The only way you’ll make it happen is if you do something and don’t sit on it.”

Foltz’s mother Shain Widdersheim pleaded guilty to four counts of child endangering, and one count of obstruction of justice in connection with her son’s murder. She will be sentenced Aug. 6.

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