An Oakland County fugitive team are searching for parents of Oxford High School shooting suspect (Pictures: Rex/Facebook)
The parents of the Oxford High School shooter who appeared to be on the run Friday afternoon are returning to the area to be arraigned on charges of involuntary manslaughter, their attorneys said.
Authorities in Michigan were searching for James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of Ethan Crumbley, the accused Oxford High School shooter late into Friday afternoon.
‘The Crumbleys left town on the night of the tragic shooting for their own safety. They are returning to the area to be arraigned. They are not fleeing from law enforcement despite recent comments in media reports,’ their lawyers said in a statement.
Earlier in the day, the parents were named in criminal warrants, each being charged with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of four teenagers who were allegedly killed by their son.
The Crumbleys were supposed to turn themselves in with their attorney on Friday but they stopped communicating and cooperating with their attorney, according to The Detroit News.
They said they would come back to be arraigned following media reports and word from officials that a search had been initiated.
‘Their attorney had assured us that if a decision was made to charge them, she would produce them for arrest,’ Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said Friday.
That agreement with attorney Shannon Smith was sometime in the morning, McCabe said around 2pm Friday.
‘Our last conversation with the attorney was that she had been trying to reach them by phone and text, and they were not responding,’ he said.
McCabe said Fugitive Apprehension Team officers still were out searching for the couple as of mid-afternoon Friday, though they were found about an hour later.
The FBI and US Marshals assisted with the search.
Their son Ethan, 15, has been charged as an adult with two dozen crimes, including murder, attempted murder and terrorism, in the shooting at Oxford High School in Oakland County, Michigan.
Earlier Friday when Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald announced the charges against the Crumbley parents she said it was her intent to hold those responsible for the deaths of four students accountable.
‘While the shooter was the one who entered the high school and pulled the trigger, there are other individuals who contributed to the events on November 30, and it’s my intent to hold them accountable as well,’ she said.
‘Gun ownership is a right, and with that right comes great responsibility.’
The prosecutor said the parent’s actions went ‘far beyond negligence.’
Disturbing new details from the prosecutor reveal the unbelievable events that led to Tuesday’s shooting, including a meeting with the suspect’s parents just hours before he opened fire in a hallway full of classmates.
The day of the shooting, a teacher noticed Ethan left a disturbing note on his desk, filled with alarming images and the words: ‘The thoughts won’t stop. Help me.’
The teacher was so disturbed she took a photo on her cellphone of the note, which also featured a semiautomatic handgun, a person with bullet wounds, a laughing emoji and several other concerning sentences: ‘blood everywhere,’ ‘life is useless’ and ‘the world is dead’.
James and Jennifer were immediately called to campus, told they needed to put their son into counseling within 48 hours and asked if they wanted to take him home with them now.
They decided he should stay in school. Ethan returned to class, likely with the gun in his backpack.
‘The notion that a parent could read those words and also know their son had access to a deadly weapon, that they gave him, is unconscionable and I think it’s criminal,’ McDonald said.
The parent’s case is charged in 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills, and an arraignment is tentatively set for 4 p.m. Friday.
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