Parents of alleged Michigan school shooter arrested in Detroit

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Prosecutors charged each parent with four counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the mass shooting on campus.

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Police in the United States have arrested the parents of a teenager accused of murdering four fellow high school students north of Detroit, Michigan.

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Officers began a search for James and Jennifer Crumbley after Oakland County prosecutors charged each parent with four counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the campus mass shooting on Friday.

Prosecutors said the Crumbleys bought the gun for their son as a Christmas gift and then ignored warning signs that could have predicted such a massacre.

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Detroit police said early Saturday that they had taken the couple into custody.

Detroit Police spokesman Rudy Harper said police found the two “like a residential building.”

“We arrested them,” Harper said, when asked if the parents had turned themselves in, adding that they were trying to escape when they were caught.

Detroit Police Chief James White said the couple did not enter the building where they were arrested, but someone had let them in, adding that the man who helped them could also face charges. .

‘They can’t walk’

The couple’s 15-year-old son, Ethan Crumbley, is being held without bail and charged as an adult with the deadly US school of 2021 at Oxford High School, 60 km (40 miles) north on Tuesday. is executing the shooting. of Detroit.

According to Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe, Crumbley’s parents were expected to appear for sentencing Friday afternoon, but they stopped responding to calls from their lawyers, prompting a search by the sheriff’s runaway apprehension team.

After he failed to appear, the US Marshals Service said it had taken the matter into its own hands and was joining the search for Oakland County officials.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a statement Friday, “The actions of his attorney to flee and ignore him certainly add to the charges.” “They can’t do their part in this tragedy.”

Still, the parents’ lawyers issued a statement Friday saying they intended to return for their statements.

“They are not running from law enforcement,” said attorneys Shannon Smith and Mariel Lehman.

‘It’s a criminal’

Prosecutors said that four days before the shooting, Ethan Crumbley accompanied his father to a gun store, where James Crumbley bought a 9mm handgun.

Ethan Crumbley posted pictures of the gun on social media, writing, “Just found my new beauty today.” The next day her mother posted that they were both “testing their new Christmas presents,” said Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald.

McDonald’s details several other warning signs it said parents failed to take action.

On November 21, a teacher found Ethan Crumbley searching for ammunition on his phone. Later his mother messaged him, “LOL, I’m not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught.”

On the morning of the shooting, a teacher discovers drawings made by Ethan Crumbley, in which next to the words “blood everywhere,” “my life sucks,” and “thoughts won’t stop” are a handcuff, a bullet, and a bleed. The picture is shown. – help me.”

McDonald’s said school officials called the Crumblies and instructed them to seek counseling for their son within 48 hours. Her parents “resisted” the idea of ​​taking her home from school and did not search her bag or ask her about the gun, she said.

After the Crumbleys left the meeting without their son, Ethan Crumbley was returned to the classroom and later walked out of the bathroom with a gun, killing four students and injuring seven others, officials said. .

Prosecutors said, “The notion that a parent can read those words and also know that their son had a deadly weapon they gave him is unconscionable—it’s criminal.”

Under Michigan law, a charge of involuntary manslaughter filed against a parent may be pursued if authorities believe someone contributed to a situation where there was a high probability of harm or death.

According to experts, in the US parents are rarely charged in school shootings involving their children, while most minors get guns from a parent or relative’s home.

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