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Missing 12-year-old Charlie Bothuell found alive

Father of found child breaks down at press conference. COURTESY IMAGE WDIV

Father of found child breaks down at press conference. COURTESY IMAGE

Father breaks down during interview

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DETROIT — Twelve-year-old Charlie Bothuell,who went missing 11 days ago was found alive in the basement of his father’s home, June 25.

Before he went missing June 14, Bothuell was last seen at his father and stepmother’s house in the 1300 block of Nicolet Place on the city’s east side.

According to his mother Africa Shipping, her son may have had a disagreement with his stepmother.

In a phone interview during her son’s disappearance, Shipping told the Michigan Citizen, she “doesn’t want him to be afraid to come home, he doesn’t need “to hide” from (his stepmother).

“We aren’t mad at you. You aren’t in trouble. We just want you safe,” she said.

During an interview with Channel 4 News, following the discovery of the young Bothuell, his father became emotional and broke down in tears

He says he, his wife and local and federal law enforcement officers checked his home, including the basement, while his son was missing. 

“I’m shocked. Because I looked, the Detroit police looked, the FBI looked, repeatedly. They’ve been through my house until 3 o’clock in the morning and on some occasions all night,” he told reporters. 

Bothuell is now undergoing a medical evaluation, but appears to be well, according to news reports. 

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