DETROIT (WDIV/WXYZ/HLN/CNN) – Detroit police once again plan to talk with a 12-year-old boy who was missing for almost two weeks as new questions around his father.
Charlie Bothuell V is now with his mother after suddenly being found in his father’s home Wednesday, 11 days after disappearing.
"We have not done anything wrong to my son nothing but to try to help him," his father, Charles Bothuell IV said.
On Thursday, Charlie’s stepmother was taken into custody for a probation violation on an unrelated weapons charge as the boy’s father told Nancy Grace over the phone that he has yet to see her son.
“Why won’t police let you see the boy, where is he,” Grace asked.
“You know, I'm breaking the no comment rule but I was briefly on the phone with him when he called my mother, and I need to go now because I'm not listening to the attorney,” Charles Bothuell IV said.
Police found Charlie in his own basement. The boy crouched down and barricaded behind a stack of boxes and a 55 gallon barrel. The items were so heavy, officials say he couldn’t have constructed it himself.
The 12-year-old seemed excited to see police, who say he was hungry.
Nancy Grace broke the news to Bothuell that his son was found live on air Wednesday.
GRACE: We are getting reports that your son was found alive in your basement....Sir?
GRACE: Yeah, we are getting reports that your son has been found alive in your basement.
GRACE: How could your son be alive in your basement?
BOTHUELL: S***. I have no idea.
Charlie’s father says the basement was checked repeatedly.
“The FBI searched, the Detroit police searched, we all searched. God they brought dogs everything everybody has searched. Oh God, my son,” Bothuell said.
Police said a PVC pipe and bloody clothes were found at the home. They have not elaborated on the significance of that. Police have not ruled out child abuse, but no charges have been filed.
"For anybody to imply that I somehow knew my son was in the basement is absurd and it's wrong. I love my son," Charles Bothuell IV said.
Charlie Bothuell met with child psychologists before investigators took a statement from him on Thursday, but will not say what they boy said to them.
Police plan on meeting with the boy again on Friday. Police would not comment on whether there were any signs of physical abuse.
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