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Missing boy in Detroit found in father's basement alive

DETROIT (ABC) - Questions and doubt are swirling after a missing 12-year-old boy was found alive in the basement of his father's house.

The details surrounding his disappearance are now making investigators suspicious.

It was a stunning moment on national television.

A father is told that his missing son has been found alive while his dad was on air with CNN's "Nancy Grace."

But that joyous moment has been dampened by questions surrounding the 10-day disappearance of the 12-year old boy.

Officers were executing a search warrant Wednesday, when they found young Charlie Bothuell hiding behind a barricaded area in the basement of his father's home.

Police, FBI, and even cadaver dogs had previously searched the house.
"The dogs didn't react when we went through the entire home," said James Craig, Detroit Police Chief.

Police say the boy was hungry, but appeared fine.

His father, also named Charlie Bothuell, couldn't contain his emotions when he got back home to Detroit.

"I thought my son was dead, man," said Charlie Bothuell IV, father of the 12-year old.

But the discovery of his son inside the home is casting suspicion on the family.

"For anybody to imply that I somehow knew that my son was in the basement is absurd, and it's wrong," said Bothuell.

12-year old Charlie was taken to the hospital to be evaluated.
Police questioned the 12-year old today.

"There are a lot of questions that need answer, " said Detroit Police Chief James Craig.

The family's attorney has a theory about what happened.
"We believe that he was in the neighborhood all along, and that he returned today," said the Bothuell family attorney.

"I love my son, I'm glad that he is home, and that he has a great future he deserves to have," said Bothuell.