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Police probe case of missing boy found in basement

Friday, June 27, 2014 - 01:09

Detroit police say they are still trying to determine if there was any wrongdoing in the case of a 12-year-old boy who was missing for 11 days before being found alive and well in his family's basement. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Detroit police are looking for answers in the confusing case of a missing boy. Twelve-year-old Charlie Bothuell V was reported missing June 14, prompting repeated search efforts. But he was found alive and well 11 days later in his father and stepmother's basement. Monique Dillard-Bothuell was in court Friday for violating probation tied to a weapons conviction. But she had previously told investigators that Charlie failed to complete his exercise routine and called his father. Nervous of his father's reaction, he then left. But officials say the boy told investigators that his stepmom was helping him hide, and giving him food. His father has denied allegations that he knew his son's whereabouts. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FATHER CHARLIE BOTHUELL IV, SAYING: "For anyone to imply that I somehow knew that my son was in the basement. That's absurd and it's wrong. I love my son. I'm glad that he's home and he's going to have a great future that he deserves to have." Police have said they didn't believe the boy was in the basement the entire time he was missing. He is now staying with his biological mother.

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Police probe case of missing boy found in basement

Friday, June 27, 2014 - 01:09