DETROIT (AP) — A doctor says she believes a Detroit boy found in his basement after 11 days told the truth when he said he felt threatened by his stepmother.
Dr. Dena Nazer (NAH'-zur) testified Tuesday at a hearing to determine if Charlie Bothuell's (BAHTH'-yoo-ehl) father and stepmother will go to trial on torture and child abuse charges. The case resumed after a two-week break. More testimony is expected Wednesday.
Nazer says Charlie quoted his stepmother as saying she could kill him and no one would care.
Charlie, now 13, was missing in June before authorities found him in the basement of his Detroit home during a highly publicized search.
The boy's father, also named Charlie Bothuell, and Monique Dillard-Bothuell deny the charges and insist they didn't know Charlie was in the basement.