Charlie Bothuell IV tries contacting 12-year-old son he's accused of beating with PVC pipe

DETROIT (WXYZ) - As Detroit Police and the FBI prepare to present their case to the prosecutor for possible criminal charges against the father of 12-year-old Charlie Bothuell V and his stepmother, 7 Action News has learned that the 45-year-old dad has tried contacting the son he's accused of abusing.

"I do know that he tried calling the mother and she hung up on him," said defense attorney Mark Magidson who is now representing little Charlie's stepmother, Monique Dillard-Bothuell.

Only 7 Action News cameras were in Judge Gregory Bill's courtroom Wednesday when Dillard-Bothuell appeared with her attorney for a hearing on an emergency motion to loosen the restrictions on her tether.

Judge Bill and Magidson agreed that there may have been some sort of mistake at the sheriff's office that left Dillard-Bothuell, 36, under house arrest.

Dillard-Bothuell is free on a $5,000 personal bond after she allegedly violated her probation in an unrelated gun case.

Later this week, Detroit Police, with the assistance of the FBI, plan to present their findings to the Wayne County Prosecutor for possible charges against Charlie Bothuell IV and his wife, Monique Dillard-Bothuell, in connection with little Charlie's reported disappearance.

On June 14, Mr. Bothuell and his wife told Detroit Police that the 12-year-old ran away from home after a dispute with his stepmother over chores and not completing his workout.

Police found little Charlie hidden in the basement 11 days later.

Despite several searches of the Bothuell's home, the child apparently went unnoticed as he was hidden under boxes and other debris in the basement.

Charlie later told investigators that his stepmother put him in an area of the basement, covered him with boxes and totes, and told him not to come out no matter what he hears.

The boy said no one gave him food, but when he thought no one was in the home, he would sneak upstairs to get something to eat and then go back to where he was told to stay.

Investigators found multiple scars on Charlie that he told them came from a PVC pipe his father used to hit him.

Little Charlie is now in the care of his biological mother.

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