Man Charged With Assault of 4-Year-Old Boy Who Was Found Dead on Mid-Michigan Reservation
A man was charged Friday with assaulting a 4-year-old boy weeks earlier, a day after the missing child’s body was found under the porch at the youngster’s home on a mid-Michigan Indian reservation.
Anthony Bennett, 20, was charged in a federal criminal complaint in Bay City, where he was expected to appear in court. He is not charged in the death of Carnel Chamberlain, but the complaint details the reported physical abuse of the child.
Bennett reportedly had consulted with an attorney after Carnel was reported missing, but no lawyer is on record in the case.
Carnel was reported missing on June 21 while in the care of Bennett on the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe reservation, near Mount Pleasant. Carnel’s mother was at work.
For days, investigators searched woods, ponds and the tribe’s wastewater treatment areas to no avail. Carnel’s body was discovered on Thursday under a wood porch or deck at his single-story home, said Kevin Chamberlain, who is a cousin of Carnel’s mother, Jaimee Chamberlain.