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Missing Detroit Child Case Becomes Even More Bizarre

Detroit child details multiple incidents of abuse as a hearing is underway to determine whether his father’s parental rights should be terminated

The little boy, who became the center of a national news story when he was reported missing from his Detroit home, is now telling details of how he has lived his 12 years of life.

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Charlie Bothuell V told authorities he was forced to undergo a rigorous exercise regime every day and if he didn’t finish within an hour, he had to do it all over again.

According to documents from the state Attorney General’s Office, the exercises included, 100 pushups, 200 sit-ups, jumping jacks, curls and weight-lifting.

The child’s story came to light after he was reported missing for 11 days before his father was told on live television that the boy had been located–in his own basement.  Charlie Bothuell IV’s reacton of shock looked to be sincere to some, but not so much to others.

Allegations of abuse surfaced soon afterward.

The information comes to light as a hearing is set for today with the Department of Human Services on whether the father of the 12-year old and his two siblings should have his parental rights terminated.

The report indicates that two separate investigations, one involving the FBI, found evidence of neglect and physical abuse.

The child allegedly told authorities he had been beaten with a pipe, locked in the basement for failing to complete his exercise workout, punched by his step mother and told by her that she would “make him disappear.”

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