The parents of Ethan Crumbley, suspected Michigan school shooter, are currently locked up in the same jail as their son according to authorities. James and Jennifer Crumbley were arrested early on Saturday and taken to the same facility as 15-year-old Ethan.
The Crumbleys have been charged with involuntary manslaughter for purchasing the 9mm handgun that Ethan used in the attack, as well as leaving it unsecured, and they were arrested after being found hiding in an art studio of an industrial building in Detroit.
Neither James nor Jennifer disclosed to school officials that Ethan had access to the weapon when they were brought into the school to discuss Ethan’s questionable behavior and disturbing drawings that teachers had noticed and discovered.
Ethan has been accused of killing four students and injuring seven others in a school shooting at Oxford High School, said Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard. Bouchard also added that it’s possible more charges could be filed against the parents after an investigation is conducted.
As the three family members are being held in separate sections of the Oakland County Jail, they are also not permitted to speak with one another. Each one is in isolation, and officials are taking a cautious approach as well by keeping all three under suicide watch.
“We have nothing to lead us to believe that anybody has any mental health challenges so far,” said the sheriff during a news conference. “They indicate no interest or desire to hurt themselves.”
The parents’ disappearance for several hours on Friday is facing an ongoing investigation according to Bouchard. He also downplayed complaints from the parents’ attorneys who claim they had arranged for their clients to turn themselves in.
“We don’t wait for that when we have serious charges like felonies,” Bouchard said. “You can turn yourself in, you can go to court, you can come to any of our substation, but we’re going to go look for you immediately.”
After the arrest warrant had been issued, the office began a full manhunt that included the U.S. Marshal’s office, Detroit police, and U.S. Customs and Border Control.
“We had communication that the couple was not responding to texts or phone calls from their attorney,” Bouchard continued. “We’re looking for them if they show up, fine, but we’re not going to sit at the front desk and tap our fingers until they come in.” He said he also questioned if Jennifer and James had any intention of surrendering.
ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG
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