Attorney: Detroit cops accuse father of abuse, say stepmom told Charlie Bothuell to go in basement

DETROIT (WXYZ) - New information is coming out regarding allegations against the father and stepmother of 12-year-old Charlie Bothuell who was found alive after disappearing for several days.

The defense attorney for the father says police are accusing the father of abusing Charlie and accusing the stepmom of telling Charlie to go in the basement and not come out.

The attorney also says blood found on a PVC pipe could be from Charlie itching from a skin condition known as  eczema. 

But investigators say bruises that were found on 12-year-old Charlie are not ordinary. Action News has learned that Charlie has old scars on his rear-end from being hit with a PVC pipe. One bruise on Charlie was reportedly a half circular scar on his chest from where the boy said his dad drove that PVC pipe into him. 

There is also information that Charlie's father had put the child on a strict exercise routine to help him with his weight.

One of Charlie's grandmothers tells 7 Action News that the last time she saw the boy before he was reported missing, he looked "very skinny, almost like a cancer patient." 

Meantime, a probation violation hearing was held for the stepmom Friday which resulted in a judge ordering her release from jail.

Monique Dillard-Bothuell was ordered to pay a $5,000 personal bond and wear a tether.

Dillard-Bothuell was taken into custody after a bench warrant was issued for her arrest. It stems from an alleged probation violation.

She was on probation after pleading guilty to purchasing a pistol without a permit earlier this year. Her probation is scheduled to last for two years.

Dillard-Bothuell was taken into custody after police discovered 12-year-old Charlie Bothuell in the basement of his father's condo complex on Wednesday. Bothuell was discovered hiding behind a 55-gallon drum while police executed their fourth search warrant on the Nicolet Place home.

Sources tell 7 Action News that Charlie said his stepmother is the one who put him in the basement and told him not to come out. We're told he also said she wouldn't bring him any food, so he would sneak upstairs to get food when everyone left the home. 

Child Protective Services removed two other children, a 4-year-old and a 10-month-old from that home. Both Dillard-Bothuell and her husband, Charlie's father Charlie Bothuell IV, were in juvenile court Friday afternoon for a hearing on the children.

The father and stepmom can have visitation with the two youngest children at the discretion of Child Protective Services.

   

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