A worried father in search of his missing 12-year-old son discovered his whereabouts in the most unexpected manner: on Nancy Grace’s show while on live television.
Nancy told the Detroit father that the show had received reports stating that Charlie Bothuell V had been discovered – in his very own basement.
Charlie Bothuel IV – the boy’s dad – was noticeably stunned by the news.
“I checked my basement, the FBI checked my basement, the Detroit police checked my basement, my wife checked my basement,” Bothuell IV told Nancy Grace soon after hearing the news.
Via Fox News:
Charlie Bothuell V was found Wednesday in the bowels of the multiple-unit condo building where his father and stepmother live near downtown Detroit. He was evaluated at a hospital and returned to his mother on Thursday, police spokeswoman Sgt. Eren Stephens said.
In the course of their investigation, while serving a search warrant on the home, officers found the boy amidst boxes and a large plastic drum in the basement. Investigators are skeptical that he would have been able to construct the barricade by himself.
According to Detroit Police Chief James Craig, Charlie remained silent during the search.
Via CBS News Crimesider:
“He was nervous, but excited,” Craig said. “He indicated he was hungry. He appeared fine.”
Detroit Police Officer Nicole Kirkwood told CBS News’ Crimesider on Thursday that the boy was not barricaded or restrained when he was found. She also said “cereal and soda pop” was found nearby.
She told Crimesider the 12-year-old was reported missing on the morning of June 15 by his stepmother, who said he was last seen at approximately 9 p.m. the previous night on the 1300 block of Nicolet in Detroit, where the boy lives with stepmother and father. The father said he was as surprised as anyone that his son was in the basement.
As investigators continue to determine the details of his disappearance and recovery, Bothuell IV is not permitted to have contact with the young boy. The father, relieved to know his son is safe, adamantly affirms that “there was no abuse of my son.”
The Associated Press is still waiting to hear from the boy’s mother, Africa Shippings, after attempting to reach out to her for comment.
Stepmother Monique Dillard-Bothuell has since been arrested and appeared in court Friday, where she was then ordered to wear an electronic tether.
According to USA Today, her arrest is due to an unrelated probation violation involving a misdemeanor gun charge. Her license to conceal-carry a pistol had expired; this was discovered on May 19, 2013, when a Michigan State Police trooper offered to help her with the flat tire she had just gotten. She pleaded guilty in January this year to having an unlicensed pistol, and the charge was dismissed. She broke her two year probation when a handgun was discovered in her home as police carried out a search warrant Monday.
Dillard-Bothuell will return to court July 11. In the meantime, the judge has set personal bond at $5,000.
Via USA Today:
Mark Magidson, Bothuell’s lawyer, 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.
Evidence police have found includes a PVC pipe and bloodied clothes belonging to young Charlie. Abuse has not been ruled out yet.
To view the whole clip where Nancy Grace reveals the news to Charlie’s father, click here.
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