Charlie Bothuell, the 12-year old Michigan boy that was found in the basement of his father and stepmother’s home last Wednesday night is talking and forming a clearer picture to police about why he went missing for 11 days. He’s been checked out by medical examiners who still appear to have more questions than answers.

Asked about some of the scars found on his body, the boy told them that one scar in particular was the result of his father striking him in the chest with a PVC pipe, according to papers released over the weekend.

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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6 thoughts on “Missing Detroit Boy Was Abused, Say Police

  1. Belinda collins on said:

    I think this is horrible and they both need there you know what beat that little boy has endured enough and all this time why didn’t his mom come visit or did she i would have been checking on him regularly but if that man was crazy and abusive while you were with him why let your child go live with him not me

  2. Sooo, like the person who commented the other day said, the father’s crying was just an act; it was; he was actually abusing that lil boy; people. somebody need to locked them up in a room for a month no food or water and see how they like it.

  3. cmac on said:

    That’s true over and over again you hear the same thing usually after the child in question is found dead. Thank goodness they found him before that happened. People, children die when people mind their business and look the other way.

  4. seriously on said:

    This boy is under a generation of garbage…He grandmother seen him in an abused state and did nothing, his birthmother clearly no prize herself for not checking up on her son…Father and step mother losers and abusers as well…You wonder what was their end game in this. Especially since the father’s response that he assume his son was dead….That boy needs to be removed from his mother care as well. Because every adult involved in this is garbage.

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