On June 14, a 12-year-old boy went missing in Detroit. When he was found in his basement 11 days later signs of abuse were discovered. His father, Bothuell IV, was shocked he was found in the basement after he had previously release a plea to find him.
The Boys Tragic Life
When found, Charles “Charlie” Bothuell V, had signs of abuse and neglect from his father and step-mother. He was transported to the hospital where doctor observed circular scars on his body. The young boy claimed he was disciplined with a PVC pipe. Using the pipe, his father would dig it into the boys’ skin. This discipline would leave him too sore to move. After searching the home, a pipe with blood on it was discovered.
Charlie was found in the basement behind a barricade of boxes and drums. According to the petition Charlie was led by his stepmother to the basement where she demanded him to stay.
Besides being abused with a pipe and receiving serious neglect, the boy was forced to complete rigorous work out. Two times a day the 12-year-old was forced to complete 100 push-ups, 200 sit-ups, 100 jumping jacks, curl 25 pounds on each arm, and complete 5,000 revolutions on an elliptical trainer. According to the boy and the petition, he was given 1 hour to complete the routine. If he did not finish in the allotted time, he would have to start over. Charlie explained in interviews that at times the workout seemed impossible due to the pain he had from PVC pipe beatings. He would receive lashings with the PVC pipe on places including his feet, head, behind, thighs, sides, chest, and arms.
The Bothuell family has two other children besides Charlie. The younger children are aged 4 and 10 months old. The fate of these two children will be determined, but the Department of Human Services has had a voice in the petition. They are asking the court to terminate the rights of the parents and place the children with DHS.
The parents have hired an attorney and they are claiming the allegation to be unbelievable. While they do admit to using corporal punishment for disciplining the young boy, they deny neglecting him for 11 days in the basement.
The Terrified Boy
Charlie is concerned and afraid after the alleged neglect, physical, emotion, and verbal abuse he received. Charlie claims his step-mother has threatened to kill him. The hearing of the allegations stated on the petition has been scheduled.
Child Abuse in Arizona
Abusing a child, any individual under the age of 18, is illegal in the state of Arizona. According to A.R.S. 13-3623 any individual who intentionally allows or causes physical injury to a child could be charged with a felony crime.
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