Jaimee Chamberlain and Carnel. Image via her Facebook page.
The search for 4-year-old Carnel Chamberlain came to a tragic end Thursday when authorities found his body buried under a porch or deck at his home. The boy disappeared on June 21st from his home on the reservation of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe near Lansing, Michigan. He was being cared for by his mother’s boyfriend at the time. Police say the boyfriend, 20-year-old Anthony Bennett, did not cooperate with them during the search. He was quickly labelled a “person of interest” and refused to answer questions from the police. He asked for an attorney last week.
Carnel’s mother, 21-year-old Jaimee Chamberlain, returned home from work to find her son missing. Bennett told her he did not not know where the boy was. A few days ago, in an interview with a local radio station, Chamberlain said she suspected Bennett was involved in her son’s disappearance. ”I don’t know, it just feels like he’s hiding something because why wouldn’t you just … take the polygraph test to just help us out with the whole investigation that’s going on?”
MLive reported that when the body was found, a cousin of the family, Kelly Chamberlain, posted the following on Facebook: ”They found Carnel! He [h]as passed. He was under the house buried!”
Tribal police have turned the case over to the FBI, who have jurisdiction over major crimes on Indian reservations. A press conference is scheduled for Friday.
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