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Custody Trial Set for Charlie Bothuell, Boy Found in Detroit Basement

Charlie Bothuell V, 12, disappeared for 11 days, only to be found June 25 hiding in his own basement.

The dad and stepmom of Charlie Bothuell V, the 12-year-old Detroit boy who disappeared for 11 days only to be found hiding in his own basement, will face a jury in their battle to keep custody of the little boy and his two younger siblings, a judge decided Monday.

Charlie Bothuell IV and Monique Dillard-Bothuell were granted a jury trial beginning Sept. 8 as the state of Michigan seeks to revoke custody of the three children after little Charlie was found June 25 in the basement of his father's home following an 11-day search. According to court documents, Charlie told investigators that his dad drove a PVC pipe into his chest and that his stepmom told him to hide in the basement.



— M. Alex Johnson