Basement Boy Case Gets Stranger

Detroit father could face child abuse charges

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 27, 2014 3:02 AM CDT | Updated Jun 27, 2014 5:09 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Detroit father whose missing son was found behind a barricade in his own basement could face charges, police say, but it's not clear whether they will be related to the 11-day disappearance of 12-year-old Charlie Bothuell. Sources tell Fox that the boy was home-schooled under a strict regimen that included beatings with a PVC pipe, and investigators have removed evidence including bloodied clothing from the home. Investigators say the boy didn't appear to be captive behind the barricade, but they don't believe he could have erected it himself. Police didn't find him on four previous searches of the home and it's not clear if he was in the basement during those visits. His father—who was being interviewed by Nancy Grace when he was informed his son had been found—says he had no idea that Charlie was in the basement.

Sources say the boy has told investigators that it was his stepmother, Monica Bothuell, who helped him hide out in the basement—and in another twist, she was arrested yesterday on an unrelated weapons charge, CNN reports. Two other children, a 4-year-old and a 10-month-old, have been removed from the home, and Charlie has been released to his mother's custody. WXYZ has uncovered another twist: The basement unit where Charlie was found is connected by an underground hallway to the home of his stepmother's uncle: Detroit attorney Godfrey Dillard, who recently announced a run for Michigan Attorney General.

This photo provided by the Detroit Police Department shows Charlie Bothuell V, 12, of Detroit, who had been missing since June 14.
This photo provided by the Detroit Police Department shows Charlie Bothuell V, 12, of Detroit, who had been missing since June 14.   (AP Photo/Courtesy Detroit Police Department)
Charlie Bothuell IV becomes emotional after arriving home after the Detroit Police Department found his missing 12-year-old son, Charlie Bothuell V, in the basement of his home in Detroit.
Charlie Bothuell IV becomes emotional after arriving home after the Detroit Police Department found his missing 12-year-old son, Charlie Bothuell V, in the basement of his home in Detroit.   (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Kimberly P. Mitchell)
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