A Detroit couple is scheduled for trial in November on charges they abused the man’s son, who hid in his basement for 11 days out of fear of being mistreated.
Judge Dismisses Torture, Lets Stand Abuse Charges Against Parents Of Boy Found In Basement After 11-Day Search
The parents of 13-year old Charles Bothuell will stand trial on child abuse, but not torture charges says a Detroit judge.
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.