"A 12-year-old Detroit boy who was missing for more than a week before he was discovered in his
own basement told investigators his stepmother sent him there, according to a court record obtained
Friday by a newspaper.
According to the Free Press, the document says Charlie Bothuell V was placed in the basement
behind boxes and totes by his stepmother, Monique Dillard-Bothuell, and told "not to come out, no
matter what he hears."
Although Dillard-Bothuell knew her stepson was in the basement, she did not bring him food,
according to the petition, which also says: "Charlie reports sneaking upstairs to get food when
everyone left the home."