3rd December, 2021
James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of accused Michigan school shooter Ethan Crumbley are on the run.
After Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said the pair will be charged with involuntary manslaughter, the couple disappeared.
They did not show up to be docked for the charge, despite previously promising to show up if a warrant was put out for their arrest,.
At the moment the couple is not responding to messages from their attorney and can’t be found.
“Our last conversation with the attorney was that she had been trying to reach them by phone and text, and they were not responding,” Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said.
Prosecutors have thus issued a fugitive warrant for the arrest of the pair.
“Based on the information and evidence I have received, today I’m announcing charges against the shooter’s parents, Jennifer and James Crumbley,” McDonald said earlier..
The pair are being charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter each due to their role in obtaining and being responsible for safely storing the firearm used in the shooting, McDonald announced.
Now, law enforcement officials have issued a fugitive warrant for the pair after authorities were unable to reach them ahead of their scheduled arraignment.
Their 15-year old son is being charged as an adult on 24 counts, including terrorism and murder, after killing four and injuring seven others with a semi-automatic handgun he purportedly obtained after his father purchased it for him just several days prior to the shooting.
Ethan posted photos of the firearm on social media, in which he referred to the Sig Sauer 9mm handgun as his “new beauty,” McDonald said.
Jennifer also made a post to social media calling the pistol his “new Christmas present,” McDonald added.
There were also a number of incidents in the days before the shooting that indicated Ethan was dangerous and disturbed, McDonald said.
A teacher reported to school officials that the teen was searching for ammunition on his cell phone during class, which was then reported to his parents.
Jennifer then sent a message to Ethan stating “I’m not mad at you, you have to learn not to get caught,” McDonald said.
The morning of the shooting, Ethan’s teacher came upon a note on his desk that contained a drawing of a handgun and phrases such as “the thoughts won’t stop, help me,” and “blood everywhere,” McDonald said.
It also contained depictions of people who had been shot, as well as a laughing emoji, she added.
Jennifer and James were then called into the school for a meeting, where they were shown the note, and failed to ask Ethan whether he had his gun with him or to inspect his backpack.
Ethan was then returned to school as normal, where he allegedly committed the shooting later that day.
When news of the shooting was made public, Jennifer texted Ethan “don’t do it,” McDonald said.
James Crumbley also drove straight home after hearing news of the shooting, after which he called 911 to report that a gun was missing from his house and he believed his son may be the shooter, McDonald added. The gun was stored unlocked in a drawer in James and Jennifer’s bedroom,” McDonald noted.
McDonald called Michigan’s state gun laws “woefully inadequate” and expressed her anger over the event. Involuntary manslaughter is the strongest charge that the prosecution believes can be proven in court, she said.