Detroit Boy Found In Basement Tells Of Daily Abuse

DETROIT — Twice a day, every day, Charlie Bothuell V told authorities, he had to complete workouts: 100 pushups, 200 sit-ups, 100 jumping jacks, 25 curls on each arm with a 25-pound weight and thousands of revolutions on an elliptical machine.

If he didn't finish the workout in under an hour, the 12-year-old said he "would have to do it again," according to a court petition filed this week in Wayne County's juvenile court.

The petition, provided to the Free Press by the state Attorney General's Office, details abuse allegations made by Charlie — who was found barricaded in the basement of his Detroit home last month, days after going missing — against his father and stepmother.

Hearings are scheduled for Thursday on that petition and another regarding Charlie's two younger siblings.

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