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Mom of beaten boy wants separate trial


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio mother charged in the beating death of her 14-year-old son wants to be tried separately from her former boyfriend who is also charged in the killing.

Shain Widdersheim and Zaryl Bush have been indicted in the slaying of Widdersheim's son, Teddy Foltz, but they face different charges. The (Youngstown) Vindicator ( ) reports that Widdersheim's attorney has asked for a separate trial.

The 43-year-old Bush is facing multiple counts including murder, felonious assault and child endangering. His 32-year-old former girlfriend is charged with involuntary manslaughter, child endangering and obstructing justice.

Prosecutors believe Bush beat the slight teen sometime in January, leading to his death. His mother is accused of failing to protect him from the abuse.

Both have pleaded not guilty. They were due in court again Tuesday.

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