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....the Charlie Bothuell story: son reported missing for 11 days, Nancy Grace does what she does best???!!!!



what kind of weird story is this?
Parents reported kid missing, police find kid behind barricade in their basement 12 days later. Someone had been giving him food and water. Mom sorta acted like she was gonna faint when reporter told her cops were starting to strongly consider homicide, father was rather pissed off to hear it. "Find my boy!" etc. Same day they executed second search warrant on home and found him. Father had previously passed polygraph, mom refused.
(06-27-2014 07:28 PM)EVILYOSHIDA Wrote: [ -> ]what kind of weird story is this?
The rumor is that the boy was afraid of being punished, since in that household he was required to do 4000 steps on an elliptical exerciser-nonstop-without breaks of any kind. He had to stop midway to go to the bathroom, at which point his stepmother, who was supervising this "training" said she would report that to the father...if the father was going to tan the boy's behind for that kind of transgression, can you imagine what he will do now if he got his hands on the kid???!!!! The story gets even weirder, the stepmother 37 year-old Monique Dillard-Bothuell is now in custody for violating her probation, and the two other children in the home have been removed!!!

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/dad-...ng-n141351

e father of a Detroit boy found safe in his the basement of his dad’s home after a frantic 11-day search defended his actions Thursday, as police continued to try and unravel the bizarre case.

“We have not done anything wrong with my son, nothing but to try and help him,” father Charles Bothuell IV told NBC affiliate WDIV Thursday, a day after his 12-year-old son, Charlie, was found safe in their home's basement.

The boy was taken to a hospital for an evaluation, and on Thursday was released to his mother, the station reported.

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Charlie Bothuell went missing on June 14. His father, Charles Bothuell IV, had appeared on Nancy Grace to appeal for help finding the boy.

The boy's father was stunned to silence when he appeared to learn on live TV that Charlie had been found.

After breathing heavily, puffing his cheeks and clutching his chest, all the father could muster after several moments of silence was "What?" when told by TV host Grace of the reports streaming in. He said his cell phone had died and he hadn't heard anything from investigators before arriving for his TV appearance.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Wednesday that the 12-year-old was found crouching behind a makeshift barricade of boxes in the basement, NBC station WDIV reported. Detroit police spokeswoman Jennifer Moreno told NBC News on Thursday that detectives found cereal and soda with the boy when they discovered him.

"I've never seen anything quite like this," Craig told reporters. "But the outcome — I couldn't be happier."

He said Charlie has been removed from the home and will "get two things — medical treatment and some food."

It seemed unlikely that Charlie could have built the barricade himself, Craig said.

"He was nervous but excited, and glad to see the police," he said.

"I checked my basement, the FBI checked my basement ... I've been down there several times"

The boy's father had said the last time he saw Charlie was at his home, when his son took a bathroom break from working out and never came back.
Reports of abuse...

http://www.freep.com/article/20140626/NE...2-year-old

The stepmother of 12-year-old Charlie Bothuell V — who was found alive in the basement of his east-side Detroit home 11 days after he vanished — was taken into custody on a warrant issued for a probation violation, police said Thursday.

Meanwhile, police continue to investigate Charlie’s case, focusing on whether he was abused. Police said they have not ruled out the possibility of abuse.

Police have said evidence, including a PVC pipe, has been collected.

A person familiar with the investigation said the pipe was reportedly used to discipline the child. Blood was found on the child’s clothing in the house, but it is uncertain whose blood it is, the source said.

Police are working with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and will be in touch with the Department of Human Services and other agencies.

Charlie is now staying with his mother and other relatives on Detroit’s east side.

His father and stepmother — Charlie Bothuell IV and Monique Dillard-Bothuell — have come under increased scrutiny since Charlie, missing since June 14, was found Wednesday in the basement of their home in the 1300 block of Nicolet Place while police executed a search warrant.

Maria Miller, a spokeswoman for Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, said the office has not received a warrant request in Charlie’s case; police said a warrant request could be turned over within the next couple of days.

Dillard-Bothuell’s two children have been removed by Children’s Protective Services, Detroit police spokesman Michael Woody said.

She is on probation for a weapons offense, records show.

According to Wayne County Circuit Court records, Dillard-Bothuell was charged in 2013 with carrying a concealed weapon.

According to a police report, obtained by the Free Press, Dillard-Bothuell got a flat tire on I-75 on May 19, 2013. When a Michigan State Police trooper offered assistance, she provided him with her expired concealed pistol license, told him she was in possession of a pistol, and was arrested, the report says.

In January this year, she pleaded guilty to obtaining a pistol without a license, the charge of carrying a concealed weapon was dismissed and she was given two years of probation, records show.

On the order of probation, it says Dillard-Bothuell, “may not own, use or possess a firearm.”

On Monday, a bench warrant was issued for Dillard-Bothuell for violating her probation after a handgun was found in her home on Nicolet while police executed a search warrant.

According to court records, police recovered the gun while Dillard-Bothuell was present.

In yet another odd development Thursday, WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) reported that Charlie’s stepmother is the niece of Detroit attorney and Michigan attorney general candidate Godfrey Dillard, who lives only a few doors away from the Bothuells. Dillard, a Democrat, did not return messages seeking comment.

Woody said the investigation is continuing.

Police found Charlie concealed by a makeshift barricade, crouched behind a large container, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Wednesday. He said police had searched the home several times before the one conducted Wednesday.

Woody said Thursday that Charlie had been in another location during earlier searches of the house. Police would have discovered Charlie otherwise, he said. Woody described the area in which the boy was found as a small mechanical room. Police found the boy Wednesday behind a large container with some food, including cereal and pop bottles.

“It was somewhat staged but ... you could tell he was there for a short while,” Woody said. “It wasn’t any grand, elaborate setup.”

Woody said that when he was found, Charlie was wearing the same clothes he’d had on when he disappeared. On Wednesday, Craig said Charlie was happy to see police.

Police said Charlie’s condition is good and he has been talking to them.

“He was in a hospital this morning. He is being closely monitored by us,” Woody said Thursday.

On Thursday, a woman leaving the mother’s house on Sheridan, where Charlie is now staying with his mother, said police told the family not to speak with reporters, but she said the boy is fine and with his family before she drove away.

Charles George, 63, a man walking in the neighborhood who identified himself as a family friend, said he spoke with family members on Charlie’s mother’s side on Wednesday, and they were simply praying the boy was OK.

“I met little Charlie when he was 5 or 6 years old. He was a good boy. I hate that he went through this,” said George.

The saga of a family searching for a missing child took an abrupt and bizarre turn Wednesday. Craig held a news conference to announce that police were not ruling out the possibility of homicide in the case followed hours later by news that the boy had been found alive.

As Craig was addressing the media, Charlie’s father learned the news from cable TV show host Nancy Grace on live television. He left the interview and rushed to his home, where he started sobbing and collapsed in the arms of WDIV-TV (Channel 4) reporter Guy Gordon.

Bothuell was adamant that he did not know his son was in the basement and said “there was no abuse of my son.”

Mark Magidson, the attorney for Bothuell, said it “defies logic” that the many searches failed to uncover Charlie.

“If that child was down there, they would have found him,” Magidson said.

Magidson noted that there is an underground hallway that connects the basements of the various units in the complex, part of the Mies van der Rohe townhouses, a collection of modernist structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Residents call the hallway a tunnel and keep their garbage and other items in that area. There is a door on the far end from Bothuell’s house that leads outside, although a neighbor noted Thursday that the door has an alarm.

Bothuell has yet to see his son and was unable to travel to the hospital while the boy was there because authorities had seized his car, along with his computers, Magidson said.

“He tried to see his son shortly after he was found. They said no,” Magidson said. “I told him, ‘You have an absolute right to see your son.’ ”

According to Bothuell, Charlie had been homeschooled for the last couple of years after some early struggles. However, recent discussions, apparently upsetting to Charlie, had focused on moving to the suburbs and enrolling Charlie in school there. Magidson said Charlie had been told that if he failed to do well he could be enrolled in military school.

Bothuell, who said he’s a registered nurse and runs a company based in Southfield, did not return a call seeking comment Thursday. He had earlier criticized police for their initial reaction to the case and their treatment of him and his family. He offered to take a public lie-detector test.

Bothuell said the boy left his home about 9 p.m. June 14 after the boy’s stepmother had a discussion with him over unfinished chores. The boy was in the middle of a workout when he left. The search began that night.

Contact Eric D. Lawrence: elawrence@freepress.com
My bad on the days, yeah they found him more than an hour before the Nancy Grace show, I thought "How could he not know by the time that started?"
Or, perhaps, the son is one hell of a troll???!!!!
Here's something to think about: the basement has no bathroom!!!!
thx for the explanations. this story is bizarre.

maybe the kid was getting abused and one of the family members hid the kid?
(06-27-2014 07:50 PM)ba_dass Wrote: [ -> ]Here's something to think about: the basement has no bathroom!!!!

Ha, I already assumed he was using a bucket.
Has anyone asked the kid where he's been? Lol, seems like they should be able to wrap this one fairly easily unless the kid was being coached not to cooperate.
Police aren't tipping their hand at this point.
Nancy Grace is like a parody, but she's trying to be real.

During the Jodi Arias trial her and another network chick stood next to each other in the same parking lot, each with their own camera crew, and acted like they were talking with each other through long distance correspondence with the same vehicles behind them. They were maybe 20 feet apart: http://gawker.com/nancy-grace-caught-fak...-496210725
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It's very, very difficult to take someone like that seriously.
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Ooohhhhh, news!

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A little more new info on this story. Mentions that the boy had a strict, daily exercise regimen, and father may mentioned to the boy that they were moving, with the boy possibly going to a military school (if he didn't shape up?); and there's a photo of the "basement" but looks more like a hallway/tunnel?!??!!!!

http://abcnews.go.com/US/life-missing-de...d=24336402
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