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Detroit Boy Found in Basement Tells of Daily Abuse

This photo provided by the Detroit Police Department shows Charlie Bothuell V, 12, of Detroit, who has been missing since June 14. Bothuell has been found alive in his father's basement. Detroit police spokesman Sgt. Mike Woody says officers were serving a search warrant at the home near downtown, on Wednesday, June 25, 2014,  when they stumbled upon Bothuell. (AP Photo/Courtesy Detroit Police Department)
Charlie Bothuell V. (AP Photo/Courtesy Detroit Police Department)

Gina Damron, DETROIT FREE PRESS
Special to USA TODAY

 

DETROIT (USA Today) — Twice a day, every day, Charlie Bothuell V told authorities, he had to complete workouts: 100 pushups, 200 sit-ups, 100 jumping jacks, 25 curls on each arm with a 25-pound weight and thousands of revolutions on an elliptical machine.

If he didn’t finish the workout in under an hour, the 12-year-old said he “would have to do it again,” according to a court petition filed this week in Wayne County’s juvenile court.

The petition, provided to the Free Press by the state Attorney General’s Office, details abuse allegations made by Charlie — who was found barricaded in the basement of his Detroit home last month, days after going missing — against his father and stepmother.
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