Judge sends dad, stepmom of Charlie Bothuell to trial for abuse, drops torture charge

A torture charge was dropped in the Charlie Bothuell case, but it will head to trial.
A judge has sent the father and stepmother of a Detroit boy who disappeared for 11 days last summer to trial for abuse. 

Thirteen-year-old Charlie Bothuell was found alive in his basement after the disappearance. The search led to an investigation of his father, also named Charlie Bothuell, and stepmother Monique Dillard-Bothuell.

After a judge heard final arguments Wednesday, she ruled the two will go to trial for abuse, but that there was not enough evidence to try them for torture. 

FOX 2's Erika Erickson was at the hearing and reports they were seen hugging, and thanking their attorneys after the judge gave her decision. 


Young Charlie described his home as "terrible." He says he was struck with a stick or PVC pipe if he disappointed his dad and stepmother.

Defense lawyers say Charlie is lying.

This is a developing story. Stay with FOX 2 for updates. FOX 2's Erika Erickson will have more tonight on FOX 2 News beginning at 5 p.m.

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