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Judge in Detroit boy-in-basement case moves closer to deciding if dad, stepmom go to trial

FILE - In this April 14, 2015 file, photo, Charlie Bothuell IV, left, and Monique Dillard-Bothuell appear in court in Detroit. Wednesday, June 24, 2015, a judge says it's the last day of a long hearing to determine whether the parents of a Detroit boy who was missing for 11 days will go to trial. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

FILE - In this April 14, 2015 file, photo, Charlie Bothuell IV, left, and Monique Dillard-Bothuell appear in court in Detroit. Wednesday, June 24, 2015, a judge says it's the last day of a long hearing to determine whether the parents of a Detroit boy who was missing for 11 days will go to trial. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)  (The Associated Press)

A judge says it's the last day of a long hearing to determine whether the father and stepmom of a Detroit boy who was missing for 11 days will go to trial.

The search for Charlie Bothuell led to an investigation of his father, also named Charlie Bothuell, and Monique Dillard-Bothuell. They're charged with torture and child abuse.

The hearing resumes on Wednesday. Charlie, now 13, was found in the family's basement a year ago.

He says he was struck with a stick or PVC pipe if he disappointed his dad and stepmother. Charlie described his home as a "terrible place."

But defense lawyers say Charlie is lying. If he was stuck in the basement, they say he had many opportunities to leave the house during those 11 days.