Trial delayed for dad, stepmom of boy in Detroit basement

Charlie Bothuell IV and Monique Dillard-Bothuell

DETROIT - A trial has been delayed to decide whether the father and stepmother of a 12-year-old Detroit boy found in his basement after an 11-day disappearance will lose custody of their children.

Assistant Attorney General Virginia Trzaskoma says the trial in Wayne County juvenile court was delayed at the request of lawyers for Charlie Bothuell IV and Monique Dillard-Bothuell. It now is set for Jan. 26. The trial had been scheduled to start Monday.

Special section: Charlie Bothuell disappearance

Michigan is seeking to terminate the couple's rights to two other children and the father's rights to Charlie Bothuell V.

Police found Charlie Bothuell V in the basement of his father's condo on June 25.

Authorities say he was abused and forced to complete intense physical workouts. There are no criminal charges.

Click here to view a timeline of the Charlie Bothuell case.

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