Boy hidden in basement details abuse, says stepmother told him she could make him disappear

DETROIT - Charlie Bothuell, the Detroit boy who went missing for 11 days and was found in his father's basement, details alleged abuse in a new petition filed with the juvenile court this week.

The petition says Charlie told investigators that he was forced to do a rigorous exercise routine including,  5000 revolutions on the elliptical trainer, 100 push-ups, 200 sit-ups, 100 jumping jacks, 25 arm curls on each arm with a 25 lb. weight. He told investigators he had to complete the entire workout in under an hour or "he'd have to do the entire workout again."

Charlie also told investigators about his stepmother, Monique Dillard-Bothuell, who he said hated him. In the interview he stated that his stepmother said "she doesn't f'ing like me, and will f'ing murder me." She also said "I can make you disappear."

He told investigators that it was his stepmother who put him in the basement, the report says.

It also says that Charlie's dad, Charlie Botuell abused the boy for two years, beating him with a PVC pipe that left the boy too sore to sit or walk, and splitting open his skin.

When Charlie was found by FBI and police he stated "I was so excited when I heard they were going to move the box I was behind, because I knew they were going to find me."

The child's father, Charlie Bothuell IV and his stepmother Monique Dillard-Bothuell were in court this morning at a hearing in which the Department of Human Services has asked the court to terminate their parental rights for their two younger children, ages four-years old and 11 months. DHS is also seeking to have little Charlie's father's parental rights terminated with regard to his 12-year old son.

Scripps sister station 7 Action News asked them to respond to the abuse allegations and they would not comment. The children are now living with grandparents, but their mom and dad are allowed supervised visits.

This morning's hearing will continue July 17.

Young Charlie Bothuell is currently in the care of his biological mother and his father was denied visitation. Charlies's mom was not a this morning's hearing, but is getting her son counseling.

Amended Bothuell Petition 14517079- Charles Luc and Lillian-2

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