Strange Case of Missing 12-Year-Old Boy Found In Father’s Basement Reveals Possible Abuse

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12 year-old Charlie Bothuell has been missing since June 14, 2014 was found in his fathers basement. www.blacklikemoi.com

Charlie Bothuell V

Reported by Andrew Scot Bolsinger

Police continue to investigate the disappearance of Charlie Bothuell V, the 12-year old Michigan boy that was found in the basement of his father and stepmother’s home last Wednesday.

Detroit police said on Friday they are pursuing possible charges in the case of a 12-year-old boy reported missing for 11 days before being found alive in his family’s basement as local authorities and federal agents continued their investigation.

Bothuell V was reported missing on June 14, triggering search efforts. He was discovered when police looked for evidence and found the boy in the basement of a townhouse east of Detroit that he shared with his father, stepmother, and two younger siblings.

Now investigators are asking about scars found on his body. According to various news reports, the boy told officers that one scar in particular was the result of his father, Charles Bothuell IV, striking him in the chest with a PVC pipe.

The boy and his siblings, a four-year-old stepbrother and 10-month-old stepsister, were removed from the parents’ house, and are now in state custody.

Bothuell told investigators that his stepmother locked him in the basement, “barricaded behind boxes and totes,” and told him not to come out “no matter what he hears,” according to the state’s petition.

Detroit Police Sergeant Michael Woody told local media that charges were possible. He did not say against whom.

“We’re trying to convict some people,” Woody told reporters.

Ellen Ha, a lawyer for the city of Detroit, said the case was being investigated by federal as well as local agencies.

Recently, Bothuell’s grandmother spoke out, telling the FBI that when she last saw the boy “he was very skinny, and almost looked like a cancer patient.” She also said he had marks all over his arms and chest.

Charlie’s stepmother, Monique Dillard-Bothuell — who is said to have brought police into all of this in the first place — had been arrested on unrelated probation charges, but was released from jail today, according to EurWeb.com

She had no comment.


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Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.com and can be followed @CriminalUniv on Twitter.



14 Comment

  1. I hate hearing stories like this…who in their right might could abuse this beautiful little boy or any child for that matter…I hope these monsters never get these children back!

  2. I could never understand being in a relationship with someone who abuses my child. Both women and men need to be very mindful about whom they choose to expose to their children for the sake of love, lust or companionship

  3. I also must agreed that it really disturbs me to read and hear about any children being abused. We as parents have got to understand that our children is a product of what we put in them. I for one am a strong advocate of disciplinary principles, however there must be balance in every thing we do. There is a proper way to teach children right from wrong without resulting to violence. Beating children with pipes, electric codes, clothes hangers….etc is extremely inappropriate and this Slave practice has to be eradicated. After reading and analyzing this story, it seem like the father was very concern about little Charles Bothuell V( the son)developing DIABETES from being overweight,but he just didn’t know how to properly deal with it. It seem like he worked at a hospital, and maybe he should have employed a nutritionist that could teach the family what/how to properly eat in moderation. I believe this father is a very loving individual towards his children, and truly don’t believe this brother was trying to do any harm to his son, he was just operating out of complete ignorance in his attempt in developing his son’s physical appearance and character. Final note, I really don’t believe the stepmother was physically abusing him at all, however she did not know how to help him and this is why she felt by hiding him from his father and this rigorous exercise program ,this is how she was helping him. This is such a sad situation, We all should pray for this family, and I pray this family get the support they so badly need, so the family can unite (with the proper Counseling) in a healthy manner.

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