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State: Mich. boy found in basement was abused

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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seabasskj July 10 2014 at 5:04 PM

Honestly, when it comes to crimes of abuse against children, the punishments need to be much harder than what we have currently. If it were up to me, the father would have that plastic pipe hitting him across the head a few times before the jail cell door was shut.

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drmadeleinemarianindphd July 10 2014 at 4:50 PM

IF THIS BOY IS NOT PROTECTED FROM HIS "PARENTS" HIS FATHER AND HIS STEPMOTHER.

HE MORE THAN LIKELY WILL BE FOUND DEAD NEXT TIME.

DON'T GIVE HIM BACK TO THOSE PEOPLE.

IF HE EVER RAN AWAY HE MORE THAN LIKELY WAS TRYING TO GET AWAY FROM THE ABUSE.

ANYONE IN THE HOUSE WOULD HAVE KNOWN HE WAS IN THE BASEMENT.

HOPE HIS FATHER AND STEPMOTHER GO TO JAIL........

COME ON PEOPLE...........COMMON SENSE.

WISH HIM THE BEST OF THE BEST.

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drmadeleinemarianindphd July 10 2014 at 4:57 PM

FATHER WAS VERY NERVOUS BECAUSE HE KNOWS HE WILL BE CHARGED WITH CHILD ABUSE, CHILD ENDANGERMENT AND CHILD NEGLECT AND WILL GO TO JAIL ALONG WITH THE B HE IS MARRIED TO PRESENTLY.

THE SON THANKFULLY IS OLD ENOUGH TO TELL THE TRUTH AS TO WHAT HAPPENED.

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Zhana Roiya drmadeleinemarianindphd July 10 2014 at 9:47 PM

Exactly..... The child was no dummy. I am so glad he is safe. Monster parents come from all races and creeds

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fourprs July 10 2014 at 4:56 PM

Castrate the father and feed them to the step mother, then execute them both. No, I am not angry.

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Vicki July 10 2014 at 5:21 PM

Disgusting 'PARENTS'! I hope this young man has the opportunity to emotionally heal from this abuse. The father and step-mother need to go to jail for a very long time. I hope Charlie's mother is better as a parent.

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rtk40558 July 10 2014 at 4:59 PM

where is rev. AL SHARPTON

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Pat rtk40558 July 10 2014 at 5:16 PM

yeah, can't wait to hear what Al Sharpton & his croonies have to say ... or rather back-pedal from defending this so-called father ...

LOL LOL LOL

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The Canoli King rtk40558 July 10 2014 at 6:17 PM

You got to be kidding. There is NO MONEY TO BE MADE HERE. He only comes out of the woodwork,just like a friggin cockroach when it's racially motivated,and he can con his people out of settlement MONEY. He only cares when there is a buck to be made,just ask his RACIST BROTHER'S,"O",holder,jack(off)son. They know the difference between black & white & most importantly GREEN.

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squirrleybird July 10 2014 at 4:49 PM

I agree but then jails still too good for them

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cgssnavickas July 10 2014 at 5:21 PM

I always suspected that there was something else going on, it was just too strange that he wasn't found, even though the house had been searched at least 4 times.

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iluvfreespeech July 10 2014 at 7:15 PM

what is wrong with fools like this , to lock this child in the basement is insane, I don't care what color, what race etc. America was getting along so well before 2008, and now the government trying to stir up any crap they can to pit one race against another, this is really sad

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Felicia Milholland iluvfreespeech July 10 2014 at 9:59 PM

Really, do you really believe everything was hunky dory before 2008? I think Congress has made it worse since 2008!

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Billy Rogers iluvfreespeech July 11 2014 at 7:40 AM

I believe the 'decline' bregan around 2000, when the Republican Ideology was allowed to ''rum rampant" because of very stupid voters such as yourself.

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Carol July 11 2014 at 1:25 AM

I KNEW that Dad was a big phony! And I Knew that the stepmonster was right in the middle of it too! Poor kid... I hope they don't make the mistake of putting him back in their custody

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