Isabella County – Anthony Michael Bennett, 20, called a person of interest in the disappearance of four-year old Carnel Chamberlain June 21, has been arrested and charged with assault leading to serious bodily injury to a child under 16.
A week after he disappeared and after a massive week-long search for the youngster, Carnel’s body was discovered buried under a porch at his home on East Tomah Road in Chippewa Township, Isabella County, which he shared with his mother, 21-year-old Jaimee Chamberlain and her boyfriend Anthony Bennett.
More than 15 agencies, tracking dogs, and more than 150 volunteers were involved in the search.
The child’s mother, Jaimee Chamberlain, 21, discovered her son was missing when she returned home from her job at Soaring Eagle Casino’s Isabella’s Restaurant Thursday evening around 9:30 p.m.
Because the incidents occurred on the Chippewa Indian Reservation, federal officials are handling the felony case and Bennett was charged by Magistrate Judge Charles E. Binder in Bay City.
Bennett was incarcerated pending a detention hearing. He has not been charged with the murder of the four-year-old yet. The assault charges stem from several incidences of abuse reported by Carnel’s mother since late May.
Bennett and Jaimee Chamberlain had been involved for about seven months, according to a family spokesperson.
Officials said Bennett will be held on the lesser charges until he can be charged for the child’s murder.