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Missing Detroit Boy Found in Family’s Basement, Parents to be Questioned [VIDEO]

A bizarre story continues to unfold in Detroit, after a 12-year-old boy who was missing for nearly two weeks was found alive in the basement of his parents’ home.

Charlie Bothuell V went missing on June 14th. Images of his father, Charlie Bothuell IV, overcome with emotion when he learned that his son had been found alive, have been plastered all over the internet. The 12-day search involved local police, the FBI, and police search dogs who combed the area, before finding him behind a makeshift barricade that had been created in the basement.

Now investigators are trying to find out what really happened. Authorities say the boy had a place to sleep, food, and access to the outside. Was the boy in the family’s basement the whole time? Did he run away, or was he being held captive?

Detroit Police Chief James Craig tells WJBK he suspects someone else was involved.

“There’s no way he could have erected this make-shift area of concealment, I’ll call it. He certainly was excited to see us. I had a chance to actually talk and embrace Charlie,” Craig told the Detroit TV station.

The father is said to be a strict disciplinarian, but maintains that he never abused his son. He could, however, be facing child abuse charges based on evidence that was found in the home. Pending the results of further investigations, he and the boy’s stepmother could face additional charges as well.
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