Detroit Boy Found in Father’s Basement Details Abuse
The Detroit boy who went missing for 11 days and was later found in his father’s basement, details the daily abuse he endured in a new petition filed with the juvenile court this week.
In the petition, Charlie Bothuell V is said to have told authorities that he was forced to complete rigorous exercise routine that included 100 pushups, 200 sit-ups, 100 jumping jacks, 25 curls on each arm with a 25-pound weight and thousands of revolutions on an elliptical machine.
If he didn’t finish the extensive workout in under an hour, the 12-year-old told investigators he “would have to do it again.”
The petition also details other physical and verbal abuse allegations made by Charlie against both his father and his stepmother.
Charlie’s says his stepmother, Monique Dillard-Bothuell, hated him. He says she has told him, “she doesn’t f’ing like me, and will f’ing murder me.” She also said “I can make you disappear.”
He also revealed that it was she who made him hide in the basement, telling him,”shut up, stay quiet, and don’t say anything, no matter what you hear!”
Young Charlie also details physical abuse at the hands of his father, Charlie Bothuell IV. The boy says he has been disciplined with a PVC pipe, sometimes to the point that he was too sore to sit or walk, and had been abused by his father “for the entire two years he has resided” with him.
Authorities have removed the boy’s younger siblings, aged four-years-old and 10-months old, from the custody of Dillard-Bothuell and Charlie Bothuell IV. Charlie is currently in the care of his biological mother and his father has been denied visitation.
Both the father and step-mother were scheduled for preliminary hearings in Wayne County Family Court this morning. This morning’s hearing will continue July 17.
Head over to USA Today for more on this story and take a look at the petition below.
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