Stepmom of boy found in basement released from jail

Kevin Murphy, Reuters

, Last Updated: 11:39 PM ET

The stepmother of a 12-year-old Detroit boy found in his basement after he was reported missing 11 days earlier was released from jail on Saturday after posting bond, a jail deputy said.

Monique Dillard-Bothuell, 36, was arrested on a probation violation unrelated to the boy's disappearance. She had previously been convicted of purchasing a pistol without a permit. She pleaded not guilty to the probation violation.

Dillard-Bothuell posted $5,000 bond for her release, according to jail records. She is on a tether bond, meaning she must wear a GPS device allowing authorities to keep track of her whereabouts.

No one has been charged after 12-year-old Charlie Bothuell V was found in the basement of a home where he lived with his stepmother, father and two siblings. An investigation is ongoing.

Attorney Mark Magidson, who is representing the boy's father, Charlie Bothuell IV, told reporters in a televised interview on Friday he had seen court documents that Monique Dillard-Bothuell hid the boy in the basement.

Magidson, who appeared with Dillard-Bothwell at her probation violation arraignment, could not be reached for comment on Saturday.

Police had searched the home repeatedly in the days before they discovered the Bothuell boy huddled behind a pile of household items in the basement on Wednesday. The boy was reported missing on June 14.

Charlie Bothuell IV has said in televised interviews that he also had thoroughly searched the house and had no explanation for how his son came to be hidden in the basement.


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