Prosecutor: Charlie Bothuell's parents forced him to live in basement
The father and stepmother of a young Detroit boy who was found in his basement after an 11-day disappearance have been charged with torture and child abuse.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced the charges Friday morning.
Charlie Bothuell was first reported missing on June 14, 2014 by his father, Charles Bothuell IV. The boy was found in the basement on June 25 when authorities were searching the family's condominium complex.
They say the boy was very thin and had marks on his upper body when he was found.
Wayne County Prosecutors allege Charles Bothuell and his wife, Monique Dillard-Bothuell, "systematically physically abused the child, forced him to live in the basement and not socialize with others, intentionally deprived him of food and forced him to engage in an extreme and unreasonable exercise regime."
Authorities say Charles and his wife were arrested early Friday morning, and were arraigned later that day.
The bond for both was set at $500,000. They are due back in court February 27.
At the time of his reported disappearance, Charlie Bothuell was 12 years old. He is now 13.