Missing 4-Year-Old Found Under His Own Porch After a Week of Searching

Carnel CunninghamFor a week, 4-year-old Carnel Chamberlain was a missing child. But police say he's been found, dead, beneath the porch of his own house! I think it's safe to say this isn't the ending anyone wanted.

But as I read through the back story on the Michigan boy who never had a chance to grow up, I was struck by the week that his mom, Jaimee Chamberlain, had. For a week, she didn't know where her son was. And yet, for an extra week, I hope she held out hope that he was alive.

It's hard to say what is worse on a mother: to find out immediately that her child is dead or to spend a week tied up in knots, wondering. Waiting.

Police say Carnel was home with his mother's boyfriend the day he went missing. Jamiee has spoken out about her suspicions that her boyfriend (who hasn't been named by police) was somehow involved in the boy's disappearance. Earlier this week, she explained that she returned home from work and Carnel was gone, but said the boyfriend wasn't looking for him. After she did a thorough search of the home they share on a Native American reservation, she called the tribal police force and reported her son was missing.

That was June 21. Since then, Jaimee has had to wait. She's had plenty of time to question and second guess herself. It sounds like torture to me. I imagine she asked herself why she left her son with the kind of guy who police say has been only minimally cooperative. I bet she has asked herself all the questions a mother would.

If the little boy's body had been discovered right away, she would have been saved those questions. Police say they did check under the Chamberlain house for Carnel, but for some reason didn't see him there. Why they went back they won't say ...  yet.

And yet, if Carnel's body was found immediately by the various police agencies, Jaimee Chamberlain would have been thrown into grief immediately. She wouldn't have had that "extra" time of thinking her child was alive.

I don't know if one really is better than the other. Either way, a child is dead, and there is no making sense of that. My thoughts go out to Carnel Chamberlain's family today.

What do you think of the week it took until they found this little boy's body?


Image via National Center for Missing & Exploited Children


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Mamaceda Mamaceda

Obviously the body started to decompose and smell and that's why the looked there again.

Evaly... EvalynCarnate

^^ I agree..That's probably why they went back. Poor baby boy :(

UgtaB... UgtaBkdnMe

IDK why it took so long, a better question is how did he die?

seaho... seahorsesiren

^^ I was wondering the same thing Ugta . But anyway this poor beautiful baby's life ended too soon and my heart goes out to his family. If the boyfriend did it I hope he gets what he deserves which is to rot in hell

Heath... HeatherMazzone

This is why I never leave my child with anybody. You just never know who you can trust.

nonmember avatar Lilac

That poor little one! Such a tragic end.

SoJaided SoJaided

Everyday there's a new story of a missing, abused or murdered child. And every time it breaks my heart more and more. It really makes you lose hope in humanity as a species. I'm 13 weeks pregnant with my first child and since the first moment I saw it on the ultrasound at 8 weeks 5 days, I've been hopelessly in love with my sweet little peanut. Now, there is nothing more important in my world than my baby and my fiance and I know I'd do anything and everything in my power to protect this precious, PRECIOUS gift. I'm not saying this mother didn't. I'm sure she is beyond devastated that she made the decision to leave her sweet boy with a questionable boyfriend. But, these types of stories just break my heart and make me realize just how fiercely I'll protect my child in the womb and after they're born. There really is no greater gift in life than to be trusted with the gift a beautiful, innocent child.

lizzeh lizzeh

I'm from Michigan and I haven't heard anything about this until today. :|


raeyl... raeyliNlilysmom

did she not suspect the b/f as soon as it happened?

mompam mompam

so sad!

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