Bennett pleads guilty to killing 4-year-old Carnel Chamberlain
A man accused of killing a 4-year-old boy on an Indian reservation near Mount Pleasant has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
Anthony Bennett pleaded guilty Tuesday in Bay City federal court. He admits to killing his girlfriend's son Carnel Chamberlain while alone with the boy in June 2012. He also admits burning and burying the body.
A 10-page plea deal was filed in court. Bennett is facing decades in federal prison, but he can withdraw the guilty plea if his punishment exceeds 40 years.
Chamberlain went missing on June 21st in Chippewa Township. After search efforts came back unsuccessful, police focused investigative efforts on Anthony Bennett, the child's mother's boyfriend. Police said Bennett had not fully cooperated with the investigation, saying "he was playing games with authorities."
Chamberlain's body was found under the porch of his home. He had been badly burned.
Bennett was originally charged with assaulting the 4-year-old, to which he pled not guilty and was denied bond.