So remember when Nancy Grace told a father whose son was missing that they found him… in his own basement (above)?
Well, this story just got A LOT worse.
The Department of Human Services has filed a petition against the father, Charles Bothuell IV, and the step-mother, Monique Dillard-Bothuell, for EXTREME abuse against their 12-year-old son, Charles "Charlie" Bothuell V.
The petition details the horrific environment that Charlie lived in which included an intense workout routine that he had to wake up at 5am to complete within one hour, or he'd have to start again and if he still failed to complete it, he was punished by being beaten with a PVC pipe.
What makes it worse is that when Charlie was found, it seems:
'he was observed to have a half circular scar on his chest that he reports being a result of his father driving a PVC pipe into his chest.'
UGH. Thankfully the alleged PVC pipe was found in the home, with blood on it (!!!), so that can be used as evidence against them.
However, the attorney for Charlie's stepmother is alleging that what they were doing was all completely and totally LEGAL.
'There will be evidence of corporal punishment but they're not denying that and corporal punishment is legal.'
UGH. UGH. UGH. Seriously though?
Not only were they disciplining Charlie like this, but he also stated in an interview that his stepmother threatened to kill him on multiple occasions.
Reportedly she said:
'[She] will f***ing murder me. [She said] unlike you, I know where the sharp knives are. I can make you disappear.'
This is just sickening. Some people really truly should NOT be parents.
We sincerely hope that justice is served in this case and that Charlie and the couple's other children, who are four and 10-months old, get sent to a home filled with love and light.
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