Missing Detroit Boy Was Abused, Say Police

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The boy and his siblings, a 4-year-old stepbrother and 10-month-old stepsister, were removed from the parents’ house, and are now in state custody.

Bothuell said a circular scar they found on his chest was the result of being struck with the pipe. He also told investigators that the stepmother locked him in the basement, “barricaded behind boxes and totes,” and told him not to come out “no matter what he hears,” according to the state’s petition.

Recently, his grandmother spoke out; telling the FBI that when she last saw the boy “he was very skinny, and almost looked like a cancer patient.” She also said he had marks all over his arms and chest.

Charlie’s stepmother, Monique Dillard-Bothuell — who is said to have brought police into all of this in the first place — had been arrested on unrelated probation charges, but was released from jail today.

She had no comment.

The boy is staying with his birth mother, while his siblings were turned over to Child Protective Services when their mother was arrested, according to NBC affiliate ClickOn Detroit.

Previous news reports speculated that young Charlie may have feared punishment from his dad for not completing an exhaustive set of daily exercises. The father had not been pleased with his son being over weight when he moved in with him two years ago. The boy is said to have endured thousands of step moves on exercise equipment.

UPDATE: Dad braces himself to face charges.

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