DETROIT – Authorities say a 12-year-old Detroit boy who went missing for 12 days before turning up in his own basement is out of the hospital but isn’t being allowed to speak to his father and stepmother.
Police Sgt. Mike Woody said today that Charlie Bothuell V has been medically cleared and is “doing fine.”
Woody would not say who’s taking care of the boy.
Woody says police are now focusing on the circumstances surrounding the boy’s disappearance and his surprising recovery Wednesday afternoon. Officers found him hiding behind boxes and a large plastic drum in his basement, with bedding nearby.
His father, who made tearful television pleas for help, says he had no idea his son was in the basement. Police don’t believe he was there the whole time.