Remember the father who found out on live television that his missing son was at home in the basement? Well, according to the state, that child was being abused.
The Associated Press reports the 12-year-old Detroit boy discovered after an 11-day search was subjected to physical violence and other mistreatment.
After hearing in depth accounts of what really went on in that house, the state is attempting to terminate the parental rights of Charlie Bothuell IV and end the parental rights of Monique Dillard-Bothuell, the boy’s stepmother and mother of two other children.
No criminal charges have been filed.
The AP report says Charlie told caseworkers that his stepmother ordered him into the basement on June 14 because she believed he hadn’t completed one of his twice-a-day workouts: 100 pushups, 200 situps, 100 jumping jacks, 25 arm curls with a 25-pound weight and thousands of revolutions on an elliptical machine.
The boy, whose name is Charlie Bothuell V, has been “physically disciplined with a PVC pipe on his butt, feet, chest, head, thighs, sides and arms,” sometimes leaving him “too sore to sit or walk” the Department of Human Services said in a court filing.
Charlie was found by police in the basement of his family’s condominium on June 25, more than a week after he was reported missing.
From the father’s tearful pleas on TV for his son’s safe return home, no one would have suspected abuse.
He said he did not know his son was in the basement.