Missing Detroit boy found in own basement leaves hospital

This photo provided by the Detroit Police Department shows Charlie Bothuell V, 12, of Detroit, who has been missing since June 14. Bothuell has been found alive in his father's basement. Detroit police spokesman Sgt. Mike Woody says officers were serving a search warrant at the home near downtown, on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, when they stumbled upon Bothuell. (AP Photo/Courtesy Detroit Police Department)
This photo provided by the Detroit Police Department shows Charlie Bothuell V, 12, of Detroit, who has been missing since June 14. Bothuell has been found alive in his father's basement. Detroit police spokesman Sgt. Mike Woody says officers were serving a search warrant at the home near downtown, on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, when they stumbled upon Bothuell. (AP Photo/Courtesy Detroit Police Department)

DETROIT (AP) – Authorities say a 12-year-old Detroit boy who went missing for 12 days before turning up in his own basement is out of the hospital but isn’t being allowed to speak to his father and stepmother.

Police Sgt. Mike Woody said Thursday that Charlie Bothuell V has been medically cleared and is “doing fine.”

Woody would not say who’s taking care of the boy.

Woody says police are now focusing on the circumstances surrounding the boy’s disappearance and his surprising recovery Wednesday afternoon. Officers found him hiding behind boxes and a large plastic drum in his basement, with bedding nearby.

His father, who made tearful television pleas for help, says he had no idea his son was in the basement. Police don’t believe he was there the whole time.

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