The 12-year-old Detroit boy who went missing for 11 days before he was found in his basement told authorities his stepmother instructed him “not to come out, no matter what he hears.”
Charlie Bothuell also had scars on his chest and buttocks which he says came from his father, Charlie Bothuell Sr., “driving a PVC pipe into his chest,” according to a petition filed Friday in Wayne County’s juvenile court.
His stepmother, Monique Dillard-Bothuell, allegedly knew he was in the basement of their condo building but never brought him food. The boy was barricaded behind “boxes and totes.”
“Charlie reports sneaking upstairs to get food when everyone left the home,” the petition says.
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The boy’s grandmother told an FBI investigator that the last time she saw Charlie “he was very skinny, and almost looked like a cancer patient. He had marks all over his arms and chest.”
The petition, given to the Detroit Free Press by the state Attorney General’s Office, details physical abuse and efforts to conceal Charlie in the home.
Charlie is now in the care of his mother. His two younger siblings, ages 4 years and 10 months, were removed from the home by Children’s Protective Services.
A probable cause hearing is scheduled for July 10.
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Investigators found a bloody PVC pipe in the home, but it is unclear whose blood it is. The court document says, on June 23 “Mr. Bothuell disclosed physically disciplining Charlie V with a PVC pipe.”
He has denied abusing his son and his attorney, Mark Magidson, denied that the pipe was used to beat Charlie. Magidson said that blood found on Charlie’s clothing was from scratching his eczema.
When police searched their home, a gun was found, which is a violation of Dillard-Bothuell’s probation stemming from a 2013 weapons charge. She pleaded not guilty Friday and will spend the weekend in prison. A judge has ordered her to wear a GPS tether.