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Charlie Bothuell IV waits with his wife Monique Dillard-Bothuell, who is the stepmother of Charlie Bothuell V, for her probation violation hearing Friday, July 11, 2014, at the Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit. / Regina H. Boone, Detroit Free Press

DETROIT -- A Wayne County Circuit Court judge on Friday dismissed a probation violation charge against the stepmother of a 12-year-old Detroit boy, found in the basement of his home days after he went missing.

Monique Dillard-Bothuell had been on probation for a 2013 weapons offense.

Judge Gregory Bill granted a motion by her attorney, Mark Magidson, to dismiss the probation violation after no evidence was presented in court to support the allegations. Bill also took her off a GPS tether, which she had been ordered to wear, and continued her probation.

In 2013, Dillard-Bothuell was charged with carrying a concealed weapon after a Michigan State Police trooper, who offered her assistance after she got a flat tire, discovered she had an expired concealed pistol license and was in possession of a pistol, according to court and police documents.

She pleaded guilty to obtaining a pistol without a license and the charge of carrying a concealed weapon was dismissed in January. Dillard-Bothuell was given two years probation. The order of probation says she may not own, use or possess a firearm.

Last month, as authorities investigated the disappearance of Dillard-Bothuell's stepson, Charlie Bothuell V, police found a handgun during a search of her home.

Her attorney, Mark Magidson, said the gun found in Dillard-Bothuell's home was disassembled and did not belong to her.

Charlie was found on June 25 in the basement of the home.

According a petition filed in Wayne County juvenile court, Charlie told authorities that Dillard-Bothuell put him in the basement after accusing him of lying about finishing a workout. He also told authorities his father, Charlie Bothuell IV, disciplined him with a PVC pipe, the petition says.

Neither Bothuell or Dillard-Bothuell, who is his wife, have been charged. On Friday, police said a warrant request had not yet been submitted to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.



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