Ethan Crumbley’s parents, James and Jennifer, were arrested in Detroit, Mich. after police discovered them in an industrial building. The couple had been missing since Friday when they failed to show up to their arraignment. Ethan Crumbley’s parents are being charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter each.
James and Jennifer Crumbley recently pleaded not guilty to the involuntary manslaughter charges. According to reports, both Ethan Crumbley and his mom and dad are all being held at the same prison in Oakland County Michigan, but they are being kept in separate isolated cells from one another.
“They are segregated, each individually in isolation. We have advanced watch on them,” said Sheriff Michael Bouchard. They are each being held on a $500,000 bond.
Ethan Crumbley was arrested and charged for his involvement during the Oxford High School shooting. The 15-year-old was allegedly the shooter of the school shooting. He is accused of killing four students and injuring seven others. The young boy is being tried as an adult on homicide and terrorism charges.
Oakland County police officers said that they were able to find James and Jennifer Crumbley after a witness noticed their car in a Detroit neighborhood. Officers then used video security footage and saw one of the Ethan Crumbley’s parents entering the building. Police officers along with members of the U.S. Marshalls service arrived at the 1100 block of Bellevue near E. Lafayette Friday evening around 10 p.m.
Reports said that the couple had been let into the commercial building by an individual, and police are now determining if they will charge that individual with either aiding and abetting fugitives or obstruction of justice. That individual’s identity has not been released.
“We believe they were assisted in that location to get there, to get in. And we’re gathering that information and we’re going to have the totality of that done fairly soon,” Bouchard said.
Officers were able to surround the building and found the mother and father inside. According to reports, the couple appeared scared before they were taken into custody.
The couple’s lawyers, Mariell Lehman and Shannon Smith, claimed that James and Jennifer Crumbley were planning to turn themselves in after their missed arraignment and that the prosecution turned it into a “media spectacle,” meant to make them look bad.
“Unlike the prosecution, we weren’t attempting to make this a media … spectacle. This case is absolutely the saddest, most tragic, worst case imaginable,” Lehman said Saturday. “There is absolutely no doubt. But our clients were absolutely going to turn themselves in. It was just a matter of logistics, and all the prosecution had to do was communicate with me about it.”
The lawyers claimed that the parents were just taking the time to figure out their family financials.
The prosecution denied the defense lawyers claims and said that the Crumbley’s parents withdrew $4,000 from a Rochester Hills ATM Friday morning. It is unclear what James and Jennifer Crumbley were planning on doing with the money.
Police continue to look for a motive in the Oxford school shooting. Many believe that the shooter, E, than Crumbley, was bullied. There were no official bullying reports at the Michigan high school, but according to other reports, the suspect’s parents were called to the school the morning of the shooting for a disciplinary meeting about their son’s behavior problems.
School officials have reported that the 15-year-old was caught searching ammunition on his phone during class, and he was reported to the administration. Oxford teachers became concerned about his behavior and called his parents.
Police continue to investigate the horrific shooting while the Michigan community mourn their lost loved ones. Victims include Madisyn Baldwin, 17; Tate Myre, 16; Hana St. Juliana, 14; and Justin Shilling, 17. Many injured students continue to be treated at the hospital.