Father and Wife Charged with Second-Degree Child Abuse, Torture Charges Dropped

Charlie Bothuell IV and his wife Monique Dillard-Bothuell have narrowly escaped torture charges of Bothuell’s son, a 13-year-old boy whose name has not been made public. The boy was missing for 11 days and was found in his father’s basement. The judge said it is unlikely that the boy spent all that time in the basement. A judge came to this decision after 11 days of listening to testimonies, including the boy’s. 

While he was on the stand, the boy said that his stepmother brought him meals to the basement and that he sometimes went up to get some food. When he talked to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, however he said that he had not received food the entire time. The teen also testified about being abused with a plastic pipe, and evidence show this part of the story was true. 

Bothuell and his wife have been charged with second-degree child abuse and are facing up to a decade in jail. They are to appear at a trial on July 8 in Wayne County Circuit Court. At the end of the hearing the judge set the bond for USD 50,000. 

Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Carin Goldfarb argued that the boy “endured years of abuse and torture.” According to her, the teen was so "terrorized that even when the police were looking for him, he did not speak up," and remained in a hidden place in the basement.  

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