Officer: Boy found in Detroit basement 'hesitant' to emerge

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Posted: Apr 15, 2015 4:24 PM
Officer: Boy found in Detroit basement 'hesitant' to emerge

DETROIT (AP) — A police officer who participated in the 11-day search for a boy who later accused his father and stepmother of abuse says she hugged the "hesitant" child after officers found him in his basement.

Detroit Police officer Lori Dillon testified Wednesday that Charlie Bothuell appeared reluctant to come all the way upstairs after being discovered amid boxes June 25. A plastic pipe that authorities say the father used to beat the now-13-year-old boy also was introduced as evidence.

The hearing determines whether Charlie's father, also named Charlie Bothuell, and stepmother Monique Dillard-Bothuell will go to trial on torture and abuse charges.

More testimony is expected Thursday. The boy also could testify.

The father and stepmother deny the charges and insist they didn't know Charlie was in the home.