State: Mich. boy found in basement was abused

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Dad Whose Child Was Found In Basement Accused Of Abuse

By ED WHITE
Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- Michigan's child-welfare agency has filed detailed allegations of abuse against a Detroit man whose 12-year-old son was reported missing for days before he was found in the basement.

The state wants to terminate the parental rights of Charlie Bothuell IV. The agency also seeks to end the parental rights of Monique Dillard-Bothuell, the boy's stepmother and mother of two other children.

The state says Charlie Bothuell V was struck with a plastic pipe by his father and forced to do workouts.

The state says Charlie's stepmother ordered him to the basement on June 14. Charlie told caseworkers that he would sneak upstairs for food. Police found him after an 11-day search.

Bothuell's attorney declined comment. The stepmother's lawyer says there may have been legal "corporal punishment."

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In this 2013 booking photo provided by the Michigan State Police, Monique Dillard-Bothuell is shown. Dillard-Bothuell was arraigned for a probation violation in Detroit on Friday, June 27, 2014. Her stepson, Charlie Bothuell V, 12, went missing for a dozen days and was found Wednesday in the multiple-unit condo where his father, Charles Bothuell IV, and Dillard-Bothuell, live near downtown Detroit. Dillard-Bothuell was arrested on a probation violation related to a misdemeanor gun charge. Charlie Bothuell V has been turned over to his mother. (AP Photo/Michigan State Police)
This photo released by the Detroit Police Department shows Charlie Bothuell V, 12, of Detroit has been missing since June 14. The 12-year-old Detroit boy last seen about a week and a half ago has been found alive in his father's basement. Detroit police spokesman Sgt. Mike Woody says officers were serving a search warrant at the home near downtown Wednesday, June 25, 2014, when they stumbled upon Bothuell. (AP Photo/Courtesy Detroit Police Department)
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