A man convicted in the beating death of a developmentally delayed teen in Struthers is suing the police department for $33 million dollars.
Ironically, the lawsuit amount matches Zaryl Bush’s 33-year sentence in the 2013 death of 14-year old Teddy Foltz.
The federal lawsuit filed Monday accuses Struthers police detectives of ignoring evidence, misrepresenting witness statements, falsifying documents and creating a narrative that led to murder charges against Bush, all because they were under pressure to make an arrest.
The lawsuit includes several accusations, including implicating Foltz’s other family members in the abuse.
Bush stated in the lawsuit that he had a loving relationship with Foltz and his siblings and that police ignored statements from witnesses that would have supported that.
Bush is serving a 33-years-to-life sentence on charges of murder, child endangering, victim intimidation and tampering with evidence. He is being held in the Lake Erie Correctional Facility in Conneaut.
An exhaustive investigation that shocked the local community included testimony and evidence showing that Bush repeatedly beat and neglected Foltz in what prosecutors called “a total disrespect for his life.”
One of the detectives in the case said at the time of the investigation that it was one of the worst cases he has ever been assigned.
Teddy Foltz’s mother, Shain Widdersheim, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on charges of endangering children and tampering with evidence in connection to the case.
A memorial fund has been set up in Foltz’s memory. All money raised is donated to charitable causes that fight child abuse.