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MOUNT PLEASANT, MI — The search for a missing 4-year-old was documented in news reports locally and across the county.
Media publications began reporting on the search for Carnel Chamberlain shortly after he was reported missing authorities on Thursday, June 21.
Coverage grew as national media picked up the story and the search became a criminal investigation.
The sad news that Carnel was confirmed dead by his family and charges of abuse in a separate incident against Jaimee Chamberlain's ex-boyfriend, Anthony Bennett, are being picked up by newspapers, blogs, TV stations and other media outlets across the country.
A search on Google News of "Carnel Chamberlain" returns more than 1,000 results Saturday.
Here's a look at some of the articles following Carnel Chamberlain's disappearance:
• A report on the Native News Network on June 22, described missing Carnel Chamberlain as a "three foot tall, 37 pound, short dark haired, green eyed child" missing from his home in Mount Pleasant since 9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21.
About 15 professional agencies and 150 volunteers were involved.
• As the search went on, Carnel Chamberlain's uncle, Maurice Francis, was upset the boy was left unattended, but told clickondetroit.com he just wants to find him.
"We're just hoping he's lost, you know? Just trying to find his way back to wherever he could find someone who could take him home," Francis said in the report.
The search continued to include professionals from 38 agencies and nearly 200 volunteers.
• Carnel Chamberlain's body, found underneath the family porch on Thursday, June 28, "had to be in a grave," family spokesman Kevin Chamberlain told the Associated Press.
"We looked underneath before and we didn't see anything."
• The tribal community gathered Thursday, June 28, to remember Carnel Chamberlain and prayer for him after hearing the sad news that he was confirmed dead by members of his family Thursday.
"I asked the creator to give me strength to stand before you today," Kevin Chamberlain said to the crowd of hundreds in attendance. "Even though it's only been a week, it's been a long journey."
• Carnel Chamberlain's great aunt, Esther Chatfield, lived next door to the 4-year-old.
"If I were the authorities, I would have lifted that house up and dug underneath it," Chatfield, told MLive on June 29. "I knew that baby was there."
• "...We don't know what would have happened to her or her child or to others had she stepped out and said she needed help," Jillaine Harkema, Executive Director at Safe Haven Ministries told WOODTV8 shortly after Carnel Chamberlain was confirmed dead by his family.
"And what we don't know is her fear inside of her head of what would have happened if she did seek help."
• "He (Anthony Bennett) pretty much told me he (Carnel) is gone," Jaimee Chamberlain told Nancy Grace during a phone interview on CNN's "NewsHour With Nancy Grace" on Friday, June 30.
"I just didn't believe him. The first thing I thought about was I need to look everywhere."
• Anthony Bennett was arraigned Friday on separate charges of abusing the 4-year-old. Clad in an orange jumpsuit, Bennett stood as the magistrate read him the charge and his rights in U.S. District Court in Bay City.
The charges are based on a criminal complaint and a statement by an FBI agent detailing interviews with Jaimee Chamberlain. Court documents state that Jaimee Chamberlain told investigators she believes Bennett assaulted Carnel on two occasions.