Detroit Boy Found, Bound, in Basement

By Asad Jamal

In Detroit, Michigan, a young boy who mysteriously disappeared was later discovered in his own basement. As of today, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office has announced that the boys parents, Charles Bothuell IV, 46, and Monique Dillard-Bothuell, 37, will be facing charges against them. They were arrested by Detroit Police this morning and are expected to be arraigned today at 2:30 p.m. in 36th District Court.

The charges against them include Torture and Child Abuse.

According to the Prosecutor’s Office, “The allegations against the parents came to light on June 14, 2014, after Charles Bothuell called the police to report his 12-year-old son, Charlie Bothuell, missing from their home in the 1300 block of Nicolet Place in Detroit.”

“We are thankful that the victim was found alive,” prosecutor Kym Worthy said. “This is the first time that the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office has charged torture for a living child. Based upon the allegations, if any case warrants child torture charges, this one certainly does.”

In a statement, prosecutors said the boy, Charlie Bothuell V, was deprived of food and forced to engage in an “extreme and unreasonable exercise regime.” The father and stepmother earlier denied any abuse took place.

After Charlie was found behind a few boxes in his basement by the Michigan State Police Department’s Sergeant and an FBI  agent, the state Department of Human Services announced that the father acknowledged striking his son with a PVC pipe. He also stated in a court filing, a year before, that the boy told authorities he was forced to rise before dawn for intense workouts of 100 pushups and even more situps.

“He was observed to be very thin, with marks on his upper body. It is alleged that the parents systematically physically abused the child, forced him to live in the basement and not socialize with others, intentionally deprived him of food and forced him to engage in an extreme and unreasonable exercise regime,” according to a release.

The Bothuells have each been charged with one count of torture, a felony carrying a maximum penalty of life in prison, and second-degree child abuse, which carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison.

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