A man accused of beating a 4-year-old Michigan boy before the child disappeared has appeared in court on assault charges.
A federal judge in Bay City explained the charges against Anthony Bennett and sent him back to jail Friday to await a detention hearing next week. Prosecutors don't want the 20-year-old to be released on bond.
Bennett is not charged in the death of Carnel Chamberlain, whose remains were found this week under a porch at a house on a mid-Michigan Indian reservation. Bennett lived in the house with the boy and the boy's mother, Jaimee Chamberlain.
An FBI criminal complaint quotes the mother as saying Bennett had assaulted Carnel weeks ago. The boy was last seen June 21.
Bennett appeared in court without a lawyer.