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Boy found in Detroit basement could testify at hearing of father, stepmom accused of abuse

More testimony is expected at a hearing in the case of a Detroit father and stepmother who are accused of torturing and abusing the man's son who was missing for 11 days before being found in their basement.

The hearing is scheduled to resume Tuesday to determine if Charlie Bothuell (BAHTH'-yoo-ehl) and Monique Dillard-Bothuell will go to trial. They deny any abuse and say they didn't know the boy, also named Charlie Bothuell, was there.

The boy could testify Tuesday.

Prosecutors say Charlie was struck with a plastic pipe, forced to perform rigorous workouts and given a limited diet. He went missing in June.

Defense attorneys claim the now-13-year-old-boy lied to police and was moving around on his own.