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Anthony Bennett in court Thursday

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MOUNT PLEASANT, MI (WNEM) -

The man accused of killing four-year-old Carnel Chamberlain is due in court Thursday.

Anthony Bennett, 20, is facing federal murder charges in the case and is due in federal court for a plea hearing.

The Bay City Times says this is the last day for Bennett to enter a guilty or no-contest plea in the case.

Chamberlain was found dead at his home on the Saginaw Chipewa Indian Reservation near Mount Pleasant on June 28, 2012. Jaimee Chamberlain, Carnel's mother, has said Bennett was watching Carnel while she was at work on June 21, the day Carnel disappeared.

Authorities discovered the remains after a weeklong search on the Saginaw Chippewa Indian reservation.  

Bennett was living on the reservation with Carnel and the boy's mother. He was charged with an earlier assault on the boy while authorities developed the murder case against him. By doing that, the authorities were able to keep Bennett in custody.

Bennett has a long criminal history, which dates back nearly a decade. He was on probation when Carnel went missing.

Bennett's mother, Michelle Gutierrez, previously said that Bennett suffered from mood swings that were diagnosed at age eight as symptoms of bipolarism and manic depression.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Bennett faces a mandatory term of life imprisonment.

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