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Nancy Grace tells father of missing boy that he's been found alive

Missing Detroit Child Found Alive In His Basement

Charlie Bothuell V, 12, was reported missing more than a week ago, and he's now been found in the basement of his own home. Nancy Grace was interviewing the boy's father, Charlie Bothuell IV, when she revealed that his son had been found.

"Charlie, we're getting reports that your son has been found in your basement," Grace said. Bothuell was stunned into silence, and he didn't speak until Grace repeated herself. Eventually, he managed a "what!?" while holding his chest and breathing heavily.

Watch the full moment here:

Still, much of this story remains a mystery. WXYZ reports that Charlie Bothuell V was found in the basement alive, behind a barricade authorities don't believe he could have built himself.

"During the 11-day investigation, police tell action news they searched inside the home at least four times, and once with a cadaver dog."



"I thought my son was dead, man."

WDIV reports police had returned to the home again, this time in search for evidence of a potential homicide. Instead, they found the boy alive.

‚Äč"Police came to the Bothuell home ... to serve a search warrant, believing young Charlie was dead."

"They already found blood in the home and a PVC pipe they believe was used to discipline young Charlie."

Charlie's father says he received a call from his wife just before 10 p.m. on June 14. She told him Charlie left the house and hadn't come home yet. After that, police were called.

WXYZ says, according to its sources, Charlie's father failed a polygraph test. His stepmother has refused to take one.

It's still not clear whether Charlie ran away from home. The Detroit Free Press says the investigation is ongoing, and the Detroit Police Chief said he isn't ruling out any possibilities.

"It would be hard for me to sit here and tell you that someone didn't know Charlie was there."

Charlie's father did say his son ran away from home one other time two years ago, but he was found after only a few hours. At last report, Charlie was undergoing medical evaluation.

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Dan June 26 2014 at 2:10 PM

Nancy Grace, for the sake of showmanship and ratings, tortured that Father by not immediately revealing that his son was still alive.
What a craven and cruel thing to do. I think she is an "ass hat" of the first order, but this is typical for her interview approach.
What is wrong with Headline News for keeping her on the air?
I am boycotting HLN as I have finally had enough of this faux journalism they promote. I encourage everyone else to boycott them as well. Maybe lower ratings will get their attention.
Just shameful, venal behavior on her part.

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aces Dan June 26 2014 at 4:06 PM

Hey dummy, she did that cause she knew he already knew, and was gonna lie .... dumb ****

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SusanLMcFadden aces June 26 2014 at 4:54 PM

Why so nasty? If your point is valid, why the need for name calling? Unless you're 12. Is that it?

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Dan aces June 26 2014 at 6:25 PM

And you know the truth how?
Don't waste my time with name calling.

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prideventures June 26 2014 at 12:44 PM

These people like Grace want to get reactions from people, I just think they suck!!!

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bmitche June 26 2014 at 2:06 PM

It shouldn't be much of a mystery. The boy is old enough to tell it all.

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msnikki73 bmitche June 26 2014 at 3:58 PM

The thing is he may be to scared to tell what really happened if he is afraid of his stepmother or father.

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vrf19977 June 26 2014 at 12:42 PM

Arrest that stepmom! Blood in the house? A PIPE used to beat the child? She refuses to take a polygraph? The child is found behind a barrier only adults could have constructed? This story is only going to get uglier and uglier.

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hpycmpr155 June 26 2014 at 1:26 PM

Nancy Grace is EVIL and soulless

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onemadashell hpycmpr155 June 26 2014 at 1:45 PM

just like judge judy. both need to be removed.

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Karen Arens June 26 2014 at 1:06 PM

Worst. Actor. Ever.

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brian05487 June 26 2014 at 12:32 PM

Reminds me so much of the balloon boy. Wonder how much money was raised this time.

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jmfjfe brian05487 June 26 2014 at 11:13 PM

Nailed it.

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donpantanella June 26 2014 at 5:56 PM

It is a miracle....that Al Sharptom did not blame white people for the disapearance of the boy. I can see Al at home thinking 'how can I take advantage of this story"

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dbyrd000 donpantanella June 27 2014 at 12:02 AM

That's because there are no white people in Detroit. Otherwise he would have.

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bcl1722 June 26 2014 at 6:06 PM

What would they have to do to stun Nancy Grace into silence ? I'm sure we'd all like to know.

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Jerry June 26 2014 at 6:59 PM

Liar, liar, pants on fire.....worst acting job since William Shatner left Star Trek. He was hiding him out hoping for some easy sympathy money. Scum bag father should be made to pay for the search.

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