Charles Bothuell’s story is becoming more horrific by the day. The New York Post is reporting that Charlie Bothuell, known as the boy found in the basement, was abused by his father every day. Charlie Bothuell’s story came to the attention of the public in June 2014, when he suddenly vanished. His story was profiled on Nancy Grace, where the host interviewed the boy’s father. During the interview, Nancy Grace announced that little Charlie Bothuell had been located. The father began crying and thanking Nancy for finding him. Holding his chest and looking confused, Charlie Bothuell IV told Nancy that he had already checked the basement of the home.
Nancy Grace’s viewers were not moved by the tears but were sure that this father knew more about the true story behind his son’s disappearance than he was telling. The public’s reaction and assumptions were absolutely spot on.
Charlie Bothuell, 12, disappeared from his Detroit, Michigan, home on June 14. According to his father, Charlie Bothuell IV, he last saw his boy at home doing his exercises. But the child suddenly vanished after going to the bathroom inside the family home. Detroit police searched the home located in the 1300 block of Nicolet Place multiple times.
Charlie Bothuell V was missing for 11 days before he was found on June 25. Police now say the boy could hear them each time police entered the residence but had been instructed by his stepmother Monique Dillard-Bothuell to keep his mouth shut no matter what he heard, according to the Daily Mail. The child was found inside a large plastic tub surrounded by boxes.
Charlie Bothuell was immediately removed from the home, later telling detectives that he was hungry. He was transported to children’s hospital to undergo testing and to be evaluated by child social workers. According to details found in a report by Michigan Child-Welfare services, 12-year-old Bothuell told child psychologists that he was home schooled, and that he endured gruelling work out programs involving weight lifting, 100 push-ups, and more than 100 sit-ups daily. The report describes the workouts as “intense.”
Attorneys for Charlie Bothuell IV say that the father was only trying to help his son, stating that when his son arrived two years ago, he was overweight. The exercises were only meant to prevent him from diabetes, a disease that runs in the family.
The child-welfare reports that the boy was also physically abused with a PVC pipe daily. The beatings on various parts of his body left him unable to sit or walk.
The state intends to terminate parental rights for both Charlie Bothuell IV and the boy’s stepmother, Monique Dillard Bothuell.
Charlie Bothuell is now in the custody of his mother at this time. The couple’s other small children have also been removed from their Detroit home.