Mother holds out hope for missing tribal boy Carnel Chamberlain

7:56 PM, Jun 25, 2012   |    comments
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  • Tribal officer and a man speak outside of the missing boy Carnel Chamberlain's house.
  • The body of Carnel Chamberlain was discovered under the home he shared with his mother. Photo courtesy: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (WZZM) -- The mother of a 4-year-old boy reported missing from a mid-Michigan Indian reservation says she's holding out hope that he'll be found safe.

Twenty-one-year-old Jaimee Chamberlain told WZZM 13's Peter Ross Monday that Carnel Chamberlain was being cared for by her ex-boyfriend at her home near Mount Pleasant when the child disappeared Thursday. She says she got home from work that night and her boyfriend, Anthony Bennett told her Carnel wasn't there.

Chamberlain says she looked inside her home and called police. Searchers have been scouring the area since.

"I thought I was gonna be able to see my son get old - I thought I was gonna be able to see him have kids - now I feel like it's not gonna happen anymore - this is the fifth day - this is the fifth day and it's killing me inside," Chamberlin said Monday.

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe spokesman Frank Cloutier says authorities planned to regroup Monday after search teams, the FBI, police dogs and more than 100 volunteers scoured the area Sunday.

The tribe has said the boy's disappearance was "suspicious."


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