- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - A judge has heard more testimony in the case of a boy who was found in his Detroit basement after an 11-day search last summer.

Prosecutors had signaled that 13-year-old Charlie Bothuell would return to the witness chair Monday for a fourth time, but he apparently wasn’t needed.

The boy’s father, also named Charlie Bothuell, and stepmother are charged with torture and child abuse. A judge must decide whether there’s enough evidence to send them to trial.

A police officer says the Bothuells were interviewed separately when the boy was missing.

Charlie says he was ordered to the basement by Monique Dillard-Bothuell when he stopped one of his rigorous workouts last June. He says he was afraid of her and never called for help. Defense lawyers say Charlie is lying.



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