DETROIT The father and stepmother of a missing 12-year-old Detroit boy who was found in the basement are returning to court for another hearing on their parental rights.
Charlie Bothuell IV and Monique Dillard-Bothuell are accused of abusing the boy. Charlie Bothuell V was reported missing for 11 days in June before police found him in the basement.
The court hearing Thursday is related to their rights to two other children, ages 4 and 11 months, as well as the father's rights to Charlie.
The Bothuells deny any abuse, although the state says the father acknowledges striking his son with a PVC pipe. They haven't been charged with a crime.
The children now are living elsewhere.