James and Jennifer Crumbley are each facing four counts of involuntary manslaughter
Law enforcement and prosecutors have noted several warning signs ahead of the massacre at Oxford High School last week, in which 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley was caught as ammunition the day before the tragedy and after a photo depicting a violent act. was found together. Said, “Thoughts won’t stop. Help me.”
But a former neighbor of James and Jennifer Crumbley, who is currently in the Oakland County Jail with their son, told the Detroit Free Press that the Crumblies began exhibiting related behavior years ago that led them to contact child protection services. Was prompted to complain.
“When they were gone, he would knock on our door,” revealed Kayla Lemieux Newspaper Ethan’s when his parents would leave him alone at home to drink at the bar in 2014 and 2015. “They didn’t leave him with a phone.”
LeMieux said the parents continued to leave their son alone at home even after he complained and told them about it.
“It was actually when I finally started saying more, because I was like, even after calling the CPS, they were still doing it and even I was saying something to them. Well, they were still like ‘Oh that’s fine,'” she told the Detroit Free Press.
Children’s Protective Services did not respond to a request for comment on Monday.
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James and Jennifer Crumbley were arrested early Saturday morning and charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter.
Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald detailed allegations Friday that Jennifer Crumbley posted about buying a gun for her son in the days before the school shooting and that he was caught after ammunition was caught in the classroom. A careless message was sent.
“Instead of reacting to that as a concerned parent and worried about safety, Mrs. Crumbley wrote, ‘LOL, just that I’m not crazy. Next time, don’t get caught,'” McDonald said.
According to McDonald’s, James Crumbley bought a 9mm Sig Sauer just four days before shooting, and Jennifer took it to a gun range for “Mother-Sun Day.”
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Parents were called to the school on Tuesday morning when a teacher found a disturbing photo, but refused to take their son home and did not inform the school about the gun.
After shooting began, Jennifer Crumbley wrote to her son, “Ethan Don’t Do It,” McDonald said.
McDonald’s argued in court on Saturday that the crumbles were deliberately trying to evade law enforcement when they disappeared on Friday, but their lawyers protested that the couple had isolated themselves for their own safety.
The bond was set at $500,000 for each of the crumbly parents, while their son is being held on a $5 million bond.
Ethan Crumbley is charged with the shootings of 16-year-old Tate Myere, 14-year-old Hana St. Juliana, 17-year-old Madison Baldwin and 15-year-old Justin Schilling.