Missing Detroit boy found alive in basement of father's home

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Detroit Police say the missing 12-year-old boy, Charlie Bothuell, has been found alive in the basement of his father's house. 

Charlie was last seen on June 14 at his dad's house.

Chief James Craig says he can't say definitively that Charlie had been in the basement the entire time, since they had previously done searches of the home. 

We're told Charlie was found crouching behind a make-shift barricade. Chief Craig says Charlie was excited to see police and is currently receiving medial treatment. 

"I've never seen anything quite like this," said Chief Craig. 

Charlie's father arrived just as Chief Craig was updating the media on the situation. 

"I didn't know he was in the basement," said Charlie's father. "I couldn't find him. I'm shocked, because I looked, the Detroit Police looked, the FBI looked. For anyone to imply that I knew he was in the basement is absurd." 

"I want to see my son. I want to talk to my son," said Charlie's father through tears. 

After Charlie's disappearance, polygraph tests were administered to Charlie Bothuell's father and came back inconclusive. The child's stepmother declined to take the polygraph test.

She tells 7 Action News her attorney told her to decline the lie detector test because she did not think she would be treated fairly. 

During the search for Charlie, the father and stepmother both said they felt like they were being treated like suspects.

Family had originally offered a $1000 reward for his safe return. 

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