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.
Nancy Grace informed a dad on live TV that his son had been found alive in his own basement after being missing for nearly two weeks. He was hidden behind a makeshift barrier that police don't believe he made himself. VPC