Charlie, now 13, says he was struck with a stick or PVC pipe if he disappointed his dad and stepmother.
Lt. Kenneth Gardner was called in to investigate when 13-year-old Charlie Bothuell was reported missing in June 2104. Bothuell was eventually found hiding in the basement of his home after 11 days.
“Are you making this stuff up as it goes along?” the attorney asked.
He says he never called for help during the 11-day period, although police and others had been in the home during a search.
A boy reported missing for 11 days before he was found in his Detroit basement testified Wednesday that his stepmother ordered him down there and told him to “shut up and be quiet.”
After the police left, Charlie said, he was told to lay over the dining room table before he was spanked by his father with a wooden stick and a plastic PVC pipe.
Detroit Boy Found In Basement Testifies In Torture, Abuse Case: ‘I Just Wanted To Go Home To My Mom’
“Depressed, sad; I just wanted to go home to my mom…It was just a terrible place to be.”
A child abuse investigator said Charlie quoted his stepmother as saying she could kill him and no one would care.
A Detroit boy missing for 11 days during a highly publicized search until he was found in his basement was the victim of physical and psychological abuse, a doctor testified.
The father and stepmother of a Detroit boy who was reported missing for 11 days are facing a key hearing to determine if they’ll face trial on torture and abuse charges.