Scars found on Charlie Bothuell reportedly from father driving PVC pipe into his chest

DETROIT (WXYZ) - "He was very skinny, and almost looked like a cancer patient. He had marks all over his arms and chest," is what one of Charlie Bothuell's grandmothers told investigators about how the 12-year-old appeared the last time she saw him before his father and step-mother reported him missing to Detroit Police.

7 Action News is learning new details through a petition filed by Child Protective Services for the removal of Charlie's half-siblings.

After police found little Charlie hidden in his father's basement Wednesday, a half circular scar was discovered on his chest, and the boy is telling investigators that it's the result of his dad, Charlie Bothuell IV, driving a PVC pipe into his chest, according to the court records.

Old scars were reportedly found on Charlie's buttocks. Those injuries also believed to be the result of Charlie being hit with the pipe.

The documents also indicated that the boy also told investigators that his stepmother, Monique Dillard-Bothuell, put him in the basement and barricaded him behind boxes and tote bags.

Dillard-Bothuell reportedly told Charlie not to come out no matter what he hears.

But then the little boy was hungry. Charlie told investigators when everyone left the home, he would sneak upstairs to get food.

Mr. Bothuell and his wife, Charlie's stepmother, began saying Charlie was missing on the evening of June 14, though, they say, Detroit Police did not make an official report until two days later.

When Detroit Police and FBI agents discovered Charlie during a fourth search of the home Wednesday, they found him hiding behind boxes and other debris. He was in a scrunched-down position, but emerged when officers began talking to him.

No injuries were found on Charlie's half-siblings, a four-year-old boy who is autistic and an 11-month-old girl, but Child Protective Services removed the two children on Thursday and placed them with relatives in light of the allegations of physical abuse and neglect of Charlie.

On Friday, during a hearing on the temporary placement of the two youngest children, a referee granted supervised visitation of those children to Charlie Bothuell IV and Monique Dillard-Bothuell, who are the children's biological parents.

Sources expect Mr. Bothuell and his wife to face criminal charges by sometime next week.

In an unrelated matter, Dillard-Bothuell, who is on probation for purchasing a pistol without a permit in 2013, appeared in court on a probation violation - a firearm was found in the home during an earlier search for Charlie.

Dillard-Bothuell was arrested on a bench warrant Thursday evening, and while the judge gave her a $5,000 personal bond, she cannot be released from the Wayne County Jail until she is fitted with a tether. It's possible she could remain in jail until Monday.

As for 12-year-old Charlie, he remains under the care of his biological mother, Africa Shippings. The two have a close relationship, but Shippings allowed Charlie to live with his father and stepmother because of discipline problems.

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