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.
The Detroit Free Press reports 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 Thursday on whether to terminate Charlie Bothuell IV’s parental rights. No one has been charged in the disappearance.
The Associated Press left a message seeking comment Thursday from the elder Bothuell, who has said he didn’t abuse his son.
Police found the boy June 25. Attorney Mark Magidson, who represents stepmother Monique Dillard-Bothuell, says she didn’t hit the boy.
Cherrelle Bothuell, Charlies’ older sister who lives in Wyoming, defended her dad after allegations of child abuse came forward.
She said the way her father is being portrayed in the media is not accurate.