DETROIT (AP) – A Detroit boy found in his basement after a highly publicized 11-day search says his home was a “terrible place” where he was beaten with a plastic pipe.
Thirteen-year-old Charlie Bothuell also testified Tuesday that he was forced to rise before dawn for two-hour workouts.
The boy testified against his father and stepmother. A judge must decide whether there’s enough evidence to send the dad, also named Charlie Bothuell, and stepmother Monique Dillard-Bothuell to trial on charges of torture and child abuse.
The judge ended the hearing for the day before Charlie was asked about his disappearance last June.
Charlie says he often got a “whooping” with a stick or PVC pipe on his buttocks. He was home-schooled starting in 2012.
Charlie will return when the hearing resumes May 6.