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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.
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.