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Nancy Grace

Sir, Your Child Has Been Found

But What's the Deal Here?

6/26/2014 6:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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One of the most bizarre scenes on TV in a long time played out on Nancy Grace's show Wednesday night ... when she broke the news to the father of a missing boy that his son had just been found.

Charles Bothuell IV appeared stunned ... hyperventilating as Nancy showed suspicion. The boy had been missing for 11 days and somehow turned up in the family's basement, even though Bothuell said the basement had been repeatedly searched by authorities and the family.

Nancy wasn't buying it and we gotta say ... Bothuell's reactions are weird. He seems as much defensive as relieved.

Authorities say they have no idea how the boy ended up in the basement ... whether he was there the whole time or whether he was recently put there. The boy's stepmother refused to take a polygraph.

So we gotta ask ...

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A rep for the Detroit PD tells TMZ ... dogs previously combed the house at least four times and did not turn up the boy. Police say the kid ended up being found behind a five-gallon tub on the basement floor ... there was no secret wall and the boy was not being restrained in any way.

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slavnar    

Wow, what bad acting.

57 days ago
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su    

this smells worse than nancy's lady bits.

57 days ago
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Bridget    

TMZ you forgot one of the most important parts. The cops said with how he was barricaded, there is no way he could have done it himself. Poor little guy.

57 days ago
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IKnowthismuch    

As I write this, there were 700 some votes and 90% do not believe this guy. You may want to think twice - the Police and FBI searched his basement along with cadaver dogs and they found nothing. They did a second search and found him hiding - did he come back? Was he scared because he was late coming back home? There is no reason to believe that the father knew his son was home in the basement hiding.

57 days ago
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Julie    

Where is the "Thank God My Son Is Safe" Moment??????????

57 days ago
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LisaL    

Good lord that is some bad acting

57 days ago
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Starbuck'd    

Back off the father, he's fine! But u all need to check that 12year old punk with a mischievous grin. He was hiding and playing games. That kid needs a good ass-whooping!

57 days ago
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Loretta Love    

ODD...reaction...perhaps shock
no- Thank God...just- Oh God

57 days ago
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ALIZE    

Ppl don't forget their phones in the car but they forget their kids! What the f#uck is going . I seeit on the news eveeveryday

57 days ago
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jessdubu    

And the award goes to.....

57 days ago
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Detroit_Allie    

All dem babiez be hiding in da hood. You should see the step mother. Woof! And why the hell did she refuse a polygraph test? She incriminated herself.

57 days ago
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Amy    

Well, he's never going to win any acting awards, lol!

57 days ago
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Anarchyinanaheim    

Worse actor than even the chicks from 'famous in 12'

57 days ago
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kymkym    

The verdict is in "GUILTY"!

57 days ago
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kitkat925    

The step mother helped the boy hide because the father was abusive towards the boy. He's probably so shocked on Nancy grace because the truth was about to come out. He had him on a strict exercise routine, on the day he ran away the boy didn't complete it so he feared what his dad would do. So sad

57 days ago
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