There's been an arrest in the case of a 4-year-old boy found dead at this home in Mt. Pleasant.
Carnel Chamberlain's body was found on Thursday under a wood porch or deck at his home on the reservation of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, 70 miles north of Lansing, Kevin Chamberlain said.
The mother's boyfriend, Anthony Bennett, is in custody.
Inside the investigation
Chamberlain, the tribe's former chief, said he had no details about what led investigators back to the house after many days of searching woods, ponds and the tribe's wastewater treatment areas.
Carnel disappeared on June 21 while in the care of his mother's boyfriend.
"There's a lot of anger, just utter despair and disbelief. I don't know how else to define it," said Chamberlain, who is a cousin of Carnel's mother, Jaimee Chamberlain. "After a long week of searching and hoping, we're at a horrific, bitter end."
The criminal complaint
In the criminal complaint filed against Anthony Bennett, Jaimee Chamberlain told police she'd seen Anthony Abuse her son on more than one occasion. In one instance she told investigators she saw Anthony Bennett "pick Carnel up by his neck and drop him." She said Bennett then "pulled Carnell by his right foot from her bedroom to his own" which was a distance of about 15 feet. Chamberlain said Carnell's buttocks was bruised as a result of the assault.
Police said all along Anthony Bennett was not very cooperative during the weeklong search.
Bennett was in court in Bay City on Friday and has been charged with assaulting Carnel Chamberlain - but not in his death.