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Anthony Bennett charged with premeditated murder of a child, Chamberlain family reacts

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(11/07/12) - Nearly five months ago, the body of 4-year-old Carnel Chamberlain was found buried under his mother's Isabella County home. Wednesday night, someone was finally  charged with murdering that little boy.

This crime happened on the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Reservation, so it's a federal case.

Wednesday's charges mean mixed emotions for the Chamberlain family.

"There's an incredible feeling of this not being closed and being completely helpless," said Kevin Chamberlain, Carnel's cousin and the family spokesman.

Cautious relief: that's what a federal grand jury's announcement means for the Chamberlain family.

Five months ago, Anthony Bennett was jailed for assaulting Carnel Chamberlain. Now, he's charged with pre-meditated murder of a child. In court paperwork, the victim is only identified as C.C.

"I've had this roller coaster of emotions over the last three hours of just, from excited to get moving but also seriously tearing up because the nature of this whole thing, you're never really prepared I don't think," Chamberlain said.

Carnel Chamberlain's charred body was found under his mother's porch, one week after he went missing in June.

Bennett, who is Carnel's mother's boyfriend, was supposed to be watching him. Kevin Chamberlain says he hasn't spoken to the boy's mother in months, but Carnel's grandma told him "God speed to everybody."

"I think we both foresee this could get uglier before it gets better, if there's a court case, which there more than likely will be, a lot of pain will be brought back to the surface," Chamberlain said.

Bennett is also being charged with assaulting a child, assaulting Carnel's mother, animal cruelty and threatening witnesses.

The tribe released this statement Wednesday:

"'The Tribal Community has waited for quite some time for this to occur and now we can begin our journey toward justice,' stated Tribal Council member Louanna Bruner. There is no place nor should there be in any community, for tolerance toward abuse, and or murder of anyone whether a child, defenseless and vulnerable persons. The Tribal Community would like to sincerely thank all those who have worked diligently thus far to bring these charges to reality. Tribal Council remains confident that your work will bring about appropriate justice in this case."

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