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A list of abuses against Charlie Bothuell V prompts hearing about parental rights

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DETROIT (AP) -- The state wants a court to terminate parental rights of a Detroit man whose 12-year-old son was missing more than a week before police found him in his own basement.
A petition in Wayne County juvenile court says Charlie Bothuell V told investigators he was forced to complete workouts, disciplined with a PVC pipe by his father and hit by his stepmother.

A hearing is underway Thursday to determine whether to terminate Charlie Bothuell IV's parental rights. No one has been charged in the disappearance of Charlie Bothuell V.

 Police found the boy June 25. Attorney Mark Magidson, who represents stepmother Monique Dillard-Bothuell, says she didn't hit the boy.

Hearings are scheduled for today on that petition and another regarding Charlie’s two younger siblings.

In the petition about Charlie, the Department of Human Services requests that the court terminate the parental rights of his father, Charlie Bothuell IV, and place Charlie in the custody of his mother, who he is currently living with.

According to the petition, Children’s Protective Services witnessed two forensic interviews with Charlie, including one conducted by the FBI on July 1, that revealed abuse and neglect.

The following information is from the petition filed by the Department of Human Services:

Physical Abuse

1. On or about 6/23/2014, CPS received a referral alleging physical neglect of the children Charles Luc and Lillian Monique Bothuell.
2. On 06/23/14 Mr. Bothuell disclosed physically disciplining Charlie V with a PVC pipe. An FBI search of the home produced the PVC pipe with which Charlie V was disciplined. It was disclosed that blood was found on the pipe.
3. On 06/24/14 Charles Luc and Lillian were examined at Children’s Hospital
4. On 06/25/14 Charlie Bothuell V was found in the basement of the Bothuell home. He was transported to Children’s Hospital to be examined by a medical professional.
5. On 06/25/14 Charlie V was examined by Dr. Bherendt at Children’s Hospital. He was observed to have a half circular scar on his chest, that he reports being a result of his father driving a PVC pipe into his chest. He was also observed to have old scars on his buttocks from being hit with the pipe.
6. On or about 06/25/14. CPS received a referral alleging physical abuse of the child Charlie V, who was missing for 11 days.
7. A forensic interview was conducted by Kids Talk on 06/26/14. An Adolescent Child Forensic Interview was also conducted by the FBI on 07/01/14. The child, Charlie Bothuell V further disclosed the following from the interviews:
a. Charlie V has experienced physical abuse by his father, Charlie Bothuell IV, for the entire two years he has resided in Mr. Bothuell’s residence. The abuse included being physically disciplined with a PVC pipe on his butt, feet, chest, head, thighs, sides, and arms.
b. Charlie V disclosed after being physically disciplined with the PVC pipe, he was often too sore to sit or walk.
c. Charlie V reports being physically disciplined so severely by Mr. Bothuell with the PVC pipe, the skin on his buttocks split opened in several areas.
d. Charlie V disclosed being punched by his stepmother, Monique, in the past. JC 04b (9/11) PETITION (CHILD PROTECTIVE PROCEEDINGS), PAGE 3 MCL 712A.2, MCR 3.903(A)(19), MCR 3.926(A), MCR 3.961
8. A medical examination was conducted at Children’s Hospital, on or about 6/25/2014 by Dr. Bherendt. Evidence of physical abuse was found in the form of a scar on Charlie V’s chest, and scars on his buttocks.
9. An FBI search of the home produced the PVC pipe in which Charlie V was disciplined with. It was disclosed blood was found on the pipe.
10. Charlie V was made to get up at 5 am, and complete two workouts per day, 7 days a week. The morning and evening workouts consisted of the following:
I. 100 push-ups, 200 sit ups, 100 jumping jacks, 25 arm curls on each arm with a 25lb weight, and 5000 revolutions on the Elliptical Trainer.
II. The evening workout consisted of the same routine, but instead of 5000 revolutions, Charlie V had to complete 4000 revolutions on the Elliptical Trainer.
11. Charlie V reports having to complete the entire workout “in under an hour or I would have to do it again.”
12. Charlie V reports there were times when he was in too much pain to complete his workout, due to being hit with the PVC pipe on his feet. If he failed to complete the workout, he would “be in trouble again.”

Emotional/Verbal Abuse

1. Monique Dillard-Bothuell is responsible for the verbal and/or emotional abuse of the child Charlie Bothuell V, which includes the following:

2. Charlie V reported Mrs. Dillard-Bothuell stated “she doesn’t f’ing like me, and will f’ing murder me.” She has also made additional statements, such as “unlike you, I know where the sharp knives are”, and “I can make you disappear.”

Physical Neglect:

1. On or about 6/25/2014, CPS received a referral alleging physical neglect of the child Charlie Bothuell V.
2. The child, Charlie Bothuell V was found by the Michigan State Police, and FBI on or about 6/25/2014. Charlie V was found barricaded behind boxes and totes that concealed his presence. He was without proper supervision, in the following conditions: Charlie was shivering, and hungry when found. When interviewed, Charlie V stated “I was so excited when I heard they were going to move the box I was behind, because I knew they were going to find me.”
3. Charlie V reported Monique Dillard-Bothuell became upset with him because she thought he was lying to her about completing his evening workout on 06/14/14.
4. Mrs. Dillard-Bothuell accused Charlie V of lying several times, and stated “I’m not going to argue with you, I will just tell your dad.”
5. Charlie V reported showering, and putting on his pajamas for the evening. When he entered the kitchen, Mrs. Dillard-Bothuell was still very upset regarding the workout. She stated to Charlie V “If you don’t want anything bad to happen, you better get out my face.” She then stated “I’ve got a place for you to go.”
6. Charlie V reported Mrs. Dillard-Bothuell’s voice was angry. Charlie V felt as if he did not have a choice, so he did as he was told.
7. Charlie V followed Mrs. Dillard-Bothuell to the basement. She then led Charlie V to the back of the basement, and pointed to an area along the wall, stating “there, back there, go!”
8. Charlie V reported climbing over a 5 gallon drum to reach this particular area. Mrs. Dillard-Bothuell then added more boxes and totes to conceal his presence.
9. Charlie V reported hearing Mrs. Dillard-Bothuell go upstairs, and call Mr. Bothuell. She informed him Charlie V was missing. Charlie V stated “she said she looked everywhere.”
10. During the 11 days Charlie V was in the basement, he reported hearing officers come to the home.
11. Charlie V reported obtaining a blanket from the laundry room his first night in the basement because he was cold. JC 04b (9/11) PETITION (CHILD PROTECTIVE PROCEEDINGS), PAGE 4 MCL 712A.2, MCR 3.903(A)(19), MCR 3.926(A), MCR 3.961
12. Charlie V reported Mrs. Dillard-Bothuell came downstairs to do laundry, and empty a tote that filled with water due to a leak from the garbage disposal. She would approach the area Charlie V was in and state “shut up, stay quiet, and don’t say anything no matter what you hear!”
13. Charlie V reported Mrs. Dillard-Bothuell never brought him food, or anything to drink the entire time he was in the basement.
14. Charlie V reported climbing out of this space when he heard the house was quiet. He would then go upstairs and get food to eat.
15. Charlie V reported taking things to eat that would not be noticed as missing. He drank protein shakes, Gatorade, water, and Mountain Dew. He ate Chex Mix, and Frosted Flakes (without milk).

Criminal History

1. Monique Dillard-Bothuell was arrested and convicted of a weapons offense in 2013.
2. Monique Dillard-Bothuell is on probation, under the supervision of agent L. Bradford.

Relief Requested

1. WHEREFORE, the Department of Human Services respectfully requests that this Court find the children Charles Luc Bothuell and Lillian Bothuell are without proper care and custody for the reasons listed above, and take jurisdiction over the children pursuant to MCL 712A.2(b)(1) and (2), terminate the rights of both parents Charlie Bothuell IV and Monique Arnel Dillard-Bothuell, pursuant to the statutory provisions of MCL 712A.19(b)(3) listed after this section.

The Department further requests that the children Charles Luc Bothuell and Lillian Monique Bothuell be placed with the Department of Human Services.
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