James Crumbley And Jennifer Crumbley
FBI, Marshals and deputies hunt for parents of Ethan Crumbley as sheriff says Michigan prosecutor didn't give them a head's up about manslaughter charges for his school rampage that left four dead: Prosecutors reveal they bought the 9mm handgun for him for CHRISTMAS
The parents of accused Michigan school shooter Ethan Crumbley are being hunted by state and federal authorities after going on the run, just hours after a prosecutor announced involuntary manslaughter charges against them and revealed stunning details about the murder weapon that was a Christmas gift for the 15-year-old, whom police say shot dead four students after penning a disturbing note saying 'thoughts won't stop, help me.' Police have issued a 'be on the lookout alert' and dispatched fugitive teams to search for James and Jennifer Crumbley, who were charged Friday with four counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with Tuesday's deadly shooting and have until 4pm to turn themselves in. The charges carry a sentence of up to 15 years in prison. Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said he learned of the charges being filed against the Crumbleys from media reports and had no advance warning from the prosecutors, which could have allowed his agency to secure the suspects and prevent them from fleeing. He told CNN police were searching for the Crumbleys after the couple's attorney told his office that the Crumbleys stopped responding to messages.
'If they think they're going to get away, they're not,' Bouchard said, adding that a 'host' of detectives, as well as the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service, were looking for them. Crumbleys attorney, Shannon Smith, however, told The Daily Beast that her clients were not on the lam. 'The Crumbleys left town on the night of the tragic shooting for their own safety,' she said. 'They are returning to the area to be arraigned. They are not fleeing from law enforcement despite recent comments in media reports.' Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald alleged that the parents ignored multiple warning signs and refused to take their son out of school just hours before the shooting took place. Jennifer bragged on social media about going out with Ethan to test his Christmas present - a 9mm handgun - just three days before the shooting at Oxford High School, and just one day after her husband James had purchased the gun for Ethan. During a press conference Friday, McDonald revealed stunning new details leading up to the shooting that took place Tuesday afternoon, including that Jennifer texted her son about 30 minutes after the rampage saying, 'Ethan, don't do it,' and that her husband James called 911 to report that his gun - a 9 mm Sig Sauer SP 2022 - was missing and that Ethan was likely the shooter. The prosecutor revealed that James, who - like his wife - had a prior criminal history, bought the murder weapon from a retailer with his son there on November 26. He stored the 9mm handgun in an unlocked drawer in his bedroom, McDonald said. The next day, Jennifer posted about the Christmas present to Instagram with the caption: 'Mom & son day testing out his new Xmas [sic] present.’ Jennifer's Instagram account has since been taken down. Source