Kayla Lemieux, a former neighbor of Jennifer and James Crumbley, is speaking out about the alleged neglect that she saw at the Crumbley home. The neighbor said that she warned the police about this neglect, but nothing ever happened.

Lemieux, who was a neighbor of the Crumbleys when they lived in Lake Orion from 2014 to 2015, said that the parents typically left Ethan Crumbley home alone when they would go out drinking. At the time, the boy was only 8- or 9-years-old.

“When they were gone, he would come knock on our door,” Lemieux, 28, said. “They didn’t leave him with a phone.” The young boy would ask his neighbor to call his parents for him. At the time, both the Crumbleys and Lemieux lived in an apartment complex on Atwater Street, which was less than 10 minutes from the heart of Lake Orion.

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Was Ethan Crumbley bullied? Police still searching for motive in Oxford High School shooting. A former Crumbley neighbor is speaking out about alleged neglect that she saw at the Crumbley home. Photo Credit: Facebook

Kayla Lemieux said that she called Child Protective Services and warned the police about the neglect but was never sure if anything was done. The 28-year-old was reportedly a friend of Jennifer Crumbley and the two of them worked at a local restaurant, but their friendship fell apart when the mother dismissed Kayla Lemieux’s claims.

“It was really when I finally started to say more, because I was just like, even after calling CPS, they were still doing it and even me saying something to them, they were still like ‘Oh he is fine,’” said the 28-year-old.

According to police sources, CPS complaints are confidential, so Oakland County police officers are not allowed to comment on what they know about Kayla Lemieux’s alleged abuse claims.

The former Crumbley neighbor did add that when she knew the family, they never seemed to be gun lovers.

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Did Jennifer Crumbley neglect her son? Kayla Lemieux, a former neighbor of the family, said that the parents would regularly leave Ethan home alone when he was just 9 years old. (Credit: Facebook)

Police recently discovered disturbing texts and drawings of Ethan Crumbley’s that pointed at potentially dark thoughts and actions. In one of the drawings, Ethan allegedly depicted a gun and a person bleeding with the words, “the world is dead,” and “my life is useless,” next to the drawing.

Ethan Crumbley was also caught looking up ammunition on his phone during class and it caused Oxford school officials to call a disciplinary meeting with the boy and his parents on the morning of the Oxford shooting.

James and Jennifer Crumbley refused to take their son home and left him there at the school after the school meeting. Ethan Crumbley was then brought back to class and a couple hours later he opened fire on his high school. The shooting killed four students and injured seven others, including one teacher.

When asked why the 15-year-old was allowed to go back to class, Oxford Community Schools Superintendent Tim Throne released a statement and said, “The student’s parents never advised the school district that he had direct access to a firearm or that they had recently purchased a firearm for him. Counseling was recommended for him, and his parents were notified that they had 48 hours to seek counseling for their child or the school would contact Child Protective Services.”

He continued and added that “when the parents were asked to take their son home for the day, they flatly refused and left without their son, apparently to return to work. Given the fact that the child had no prior disciplinary infractions, the decision was made he would be returned to the classroom rather than sent home to an empty house.”

Sources have discovered that James Crumbley purchased the gun days before the Oxford high school shooting. He allegedly left the gun in an unlocked draw and deleted Instagram photos by Ethan Crumbley show that the young boy had access to the weapon.

Jennifer, James, and Ethan Crumbley have all been arrested for their connection to the tragic shooting.